Mercedes Benz leads the industry in green automotive technology with super efficient and cleanBluetec diesels, Diesotto engines and fuel cell
technology. However, in these days of graveenvironmental concerns and fears of US$ 200 per oil barrel we can all use a few reminders on fuel sipping driving habits. A few tips:
-1. Minimise your vehicle use - Vehicles are least fuel efficient and most polluting at the start of trips and on short trips. Plan to do a number of errands in one trip
rather than several trips and save both time and fuel.
-2. Drive in the right gear - Driving in a gear lower than you need wastes fuel, and letting the engine labour in top gear on hills and corners is also wasteful. In a manual vehicle, change up gears as soon as the car is comfortable with the higher gear but without accelerating harder than necessary.
-3. Drive smoothly - Stop/start driving is much less efficient and more polluting than driving at a constant speed. Take it easy on the accelerator - more revs equals more petrol use. Drive at a good distance from the car in front so you can anticipate and travel with the flow of traffic.
-4. Minimise fuel wasted in idling - Only start your car when you are ready to go. Once on the road, minimise fuel wasted in idling by stopping the engine whenever your car is stopped or held up for an extended period of time.
-5. Don't Speed - Fuel consumption increases significantly over about 90 km/h. At
110 km/h your car uses up to 25 per cent more fuel than it would cruising at 90
-6. Minimise aerodynamic drag - Additional parts on the exterior of a vehicle such as roof racks and (non standard) spoilers, or having the window open, increases air resistance and fuel consumption, in some cases by over 20 per cent at higher speeds.
-7. Look after your vehicle's tyres - Inflate your vehicle's tyres to the highest pressure recommended by the manufacture and make sure your wheels are properly aligned. Looking after your tyres will not only reduce your fuel consumption it will also extend tyre life and improve handling.
-8. Use airconditioning sparingly - Airconditioners can use about 10 per cent
extra fuel when operating. However, at high speeds use of airconditioning is
better for fuel consumption than an open window as this creates aerodynamic
-9.Travel light - The more weight a vehicle carries,the more fuel it uses.Don't use your car as a mobile store room.
-10.Keep your vehicle in good condition - Keep your vehicle well tuned and regularly maintained.Get your car serviced at the intervals specified in the manufacturer's handbook.
Source: Australian Government Department for Climate change more details tips available on www.greenhouse.gov.au/fuelguide/tips.html