With all its buses, trains, ferries and the light rail, Sydney is a relatively easy city to explore using public transport. However, a high proportion of us still prefer or require a private vehicle to get to work, take road trips or go about our daily activities.
As the second largest city in Australia (after Brisbane), there’s a lot of ground to cover. So, how can you get where you need to be while reducing your car’s fuel consumption in Sydney?
1. Drive smoothly
Re-thinking the way you drive in a number of ways could help you save petrol and get a few extra bucks in your pocket, as well as reduce your impact on the environment. Keep the following in mind whenever you’re behind the wheel:
Avoid accelerating harshly when you take off at the lights; build speed gradually instead
Avoid rush hour traffic as best as you can. We know this is easier said than done in Sydney, but congestion requires a lot of braking and accelerating, which can burn more petrol
If you are stuck in traffic, turn off the engine. When idling the car, fuel is still being consumed
2. Change tyres regularly
Tyres should always be in peak condition to maintain a favourable fuel efficiency. Driving with underinflated or overinflated tyres affects fuel economy and can be dangerous. In fact, if tyres are just one PSI under the recommended level, this increases fuel consumption by up to 3%. Older or worn tyres generally have less grip on the road, which can cause similar issues.
3. Use the correct gear
If driving a manual car, always make sure you’re driving in the right gear. Using a gear that’s too low over-revs the engine and causes it to burn more petrol, and a gear that’s too high can cause the engine to stall. Aim to keep revs under 2000rpm to save on fuel.
4. Buy a more economical car
Some vehicles, no matter how well maintained they are or how smoothly you drive, are major fuel guzzlers. This is a big decision to make, but if you’re in the market for a new car, opt for a more economical model. Browse our range of new Hyundais online, and ask our team about trade-in options so you can use the value of your current vehicle against your new one.
5. Switch off the air con
We get it: Sydney gets hot, humid and uncomfortable. However, using your air con (or heating) in the car could mean using 10% more fuel than without. Avoid blasting the cooling or heating wherever possible.
Book a service or shop online at Phil Gilbert Hyundai
The best way to improve your car’s fuel efficiency is to book a regular service at your local Sydney Hyundai Dealership. The trained technicians at Phil Gilbert Hyundai will carry out a thorough inspection of your car to make sure everything is up to speed and it’s running as efficiently as possible.
For the DIY-ers out there, check out our Hyundai Genuine Parts online store for all the essentials your car needs.