How much fuel your vehicle burns is up to you. If you follow a few basic rules, your vehicle's thirst for fuel can be kept relatively low.
Try it out, you will be surprised.
The 10 most important fuel-saving tips:
- Do not let your engine warm up - drive immediately after starting and shift to second gear after the first car length.
- Always drive in the highest possible gear. Normally you can travel 30 km/h in third, 40 km/h in fourth and 50 km/h in fifth gear. Low-speed driving does not damage the engine in any way.
- Do not shift up while accelerating. Shift early and apply more gas for this purpose.
- Do not race on the motorway - at speeds over 100 km/h fuel consumption increases disproportionately high. An even speed of travel between 100 and 130 km/h also prevents frequent braking and acceleration and therefore saves in two ways.
- Release the gas when travelling downhill. If you are travelling too slow as a result of the engine's braking effect, shift to the next gear and utilise the momentum as long as possible.
- Switch off the engine both at railway crossings and for longer wait times at traffic lights. In doing so, you begin saving fuel after just 30 seconds. (Attention: Never switch off the engine while moving!)
- Forego as many extras as possible, such as air conditioning, and use the available extras sparingly.
- Open up the boot and remove any excess weight.
- Regularly check your tyre pressure. Use the recommended pressure for full load.
- Use fuel-efficient synthetic engine oil for your next oil change and low-rolling-resistance tyres for the next tyre replacement.