When driving long distances, you'll be wanting to use your fuel as efficiently as possible. Fuel consumption is affected by the condition of the vehicle, the roads it will be travelling on and how you drive.
Fuel economy tips
- Time your travel to avoid delays such as bridge closures or travelling in peak hour.
- Aim to drive smoothly and distribute the weight of passengers and baggage evenly in the vehicle.
- Ensure your tyres are properly inflated and the wheel alignment and balance are correct. More pressure is better. A good benchmark is 40psi per tyre.
- Service and tune your vehicle regularly following the manufacturer's recommendations. The air cleaner, spark plugs and - on older cars - ignition timing are especially important.
- Avoid long periods of idling. When held up in traffic, switch the engine off if it's safe to do so.
- Make sure you fully release the handbrake when driving.
- Avoid heavy acceleration and use cruise control on long drives. Cars can be surprising efficient at 100km/h
- Remove unused accessories from roof racks. If you aren’t carrying a bike – take the bike racks off. These contribute to drag and overall consumption.
- Use premium fuel (particularly in newer cars). Sustained use of 95 or higher octane fuel will show efficiency gains in your weekly usage.
Fuel storage tips
- Carry extra fuel in metal jerry cans. Plastic containers might crack or break.
- Store extra fuel on the back of the 4WD or in a trailer.
- Do not pack fuel on the roof racks or inside the vehicle in case of fire or fumes.