Maintain your vehicles to maximise fuel savings
Keeping your vehicles well maintained will optimise fuel efficiency, extend the life of engines and reduce the risk of ‘unscheduled’ or ‘catastrophic’ breakdowns on the road, which can ruin delivery schedules and be very costly!
- Make sure your car is regularly serviced. If an engine has been badly maintained, getting it serviced and properly tuned can improve a car’s fuel efficiency by an average of 4%.
- Ask your mechanic to pay particular attention to the parts of the engine that relate to fuel efficiency.
- Have the wheel alignment checked (usually every six months or 10,000km, whichever comes first).
- Top up coolant regularly and use the recommended grade of motor oil. Your fuel mileage can be improved by 1–2% by using the manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil.
- Replace tyres regularly and maintain correct tyre pressure – see the next tip ‘How tyres can save on fuel costs’ for more detail on the fuel saving potential of tyre choices.