14 December 2017 · Motoring Tips & Advice

How to Increase Diesel Fuel Economy? | Phil Gilbert Hyundai

It is not an understatement to say that Australian love their diesel vehicles. According to studies, roughly 90% of Utes and over half of the new SUVs sold in the past year were powered by diesel. While the number of diesel-powered passenger cars is dropping, the odds are good you drive a diesel vehicle around Greater Sydney. Almost all drivers we encounter at Phil Gilbert Hyundai are looking for ways to increase their diesel fuel economy. The goal of lowering diesel fuel consumption is both a question of economics and the environment, so it is important to just about everyone across Australia. Because we are always trying to save our customers money, the experts at Phil Gilbert Hyundai Service thought it would be helpful to share some tips on how you can increase diesel car fuel economy.

Slow It Down

While speed limits vary widely across Australia, most areas have two default speed limits: 50 km/h in cities and 100 km/h outside built-up areas. Most people go slightly over the limit at times, but this is not only unsafe but also a big waste of diesel fuel. According to a variety of studies, your diesel fuel economy rapidly decreases at speeds above 100 km/h and travelling at 110km/h uses up to 25% more fuel than cruising at 90km/h. So, if it is safe to do so, going the speed limit or below is a great way to increase fuel economy.

Stop Stopping and Starting

Ok, that is a little confusing, but you get the idea. Hard braking and rapid acceleration are just killers when it comes to fuel economy. We always proactively suggest motoring. By this we mean paying close attention to the flow of traffic so you can stay off the gas pedal and brake as much as possible. This also goes for excessive idling. So smooth driving means more money in your pocket and a better future for your children.

Keep Your Engine Tuned Up

Many experts believe that an engine that is running at peak performance can improve your fuel economy by up to 4%. It is also critical that you bring your vehicle into a certified service centre like the one at Phil Gilbert Hyundai.

There is no reason to waste time and money by having someone who is not an expert in dealing with your specific model.

Aerodynamics Matter

Aerodynamics Matter

Even if you do not drive a sports car, aerodynamics matter. If you have a roof rack — or anything on your roof — you might want to consider taking it off unless you are actively using it. According to Australia's Fuel Academy, poor aerodynamics can reduce your regular and diesel fuel economy by up to 5%.

Tyre Pressure

Tyre Pressure

This last tip is an easy one to check and fix, but it is as equally important. We suggest checking tyre pressure at least once a month. This simple act can improve your fuel economy, and it will also allow your tyres to last longer.