Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

17 TIPS TO SAVE ON RUN + FUEL COSTS; as Contributed by You

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

17 TIPS TO SAVE ON RUN + FUEL COSTS; as Contributed by You

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1FILL UP ON DOWN DAYS

Try not to drive and only fill up on the down days (below 135) with a (save docket) thingy and buy 20 bucks worth of milk saving 14c per litre

- Carly Brown

2UNLOAD

Take out unnecessary weight, remove roof racks, keep the tank full to stop evaporation of fuel, make sure the tyres are at 38 to 40psi( most cars say to run 32 to 34 psi this is for comfort only, running tyres at 38 to 40 will increase your tyre life and distance of travel per tank) make sure your engine is running the correct oil for your climate, get your injectors cleaned, run a clean air filter. Use light weight wheels for city driving, Use heavy steel rims for highway traveling. DO NOT USE E10 EVER!

- Ben Paulsen

3GET ACTIVE

Ride a bicycle.

- John Law

4TAKE IT EASY

Drive steadily at your cars most economical speed living out of town do everything in one go shop weekly or fortnightly but at lowest part of cycle

- Ruth Griffin

5THINK ABOUT AIR FLOW

When buying a car buy one that looks aerodynamic and a petrol 4 cyl. With your current car keep your tyre pressures around 34 psi for sedans and 4wd look at pressure on sidewall of tyre some look like they take 30 psi and in fact take over 60 psi. Don't fill your tank with fuel if you don't drive a lot as its extra weight. Get your car serviced every 6 months to avoid costly repairs. Keep away from the newer CRDI engines, not only is the purchase price more the servicing is expensive, repair costs on these engines are huge. For maximum performance use a good fuel as cheap fuel robs much needed horsepower and clogs up fuel rails / injectors on some vehicles. And finally when buying a new car keep away from cheap ones as the running costs don't make up on the savings including its resale value.

- Michael Shesgreen

6GET A HATCHBACK

Use the small hatchback for shopping and moving around in town. 4WD only for long family trips.

- Saurabh Nagrath

7CHECK FOR SPECIALS

Buy your groceries for the fortnight the same trip. …

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