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Fuel efficient vehicles

Dawn Gibson
Monday, May 26, 2014

ONE of the small but effective ways that people can begin using energy more efficiently is through transportation — spread the word about how best to choose energy-efficient fuel and what kinds of driving methods work to reduce energy consumption.

More people own cars now and therefore, more emissions are let into the atmosphere daily, but if everyone simply used fuel better, it could make a major difference.

Consumer Council of Fiji CEO Premila Kumar told this newspaper there were numerous ways to help in this regard, likening the importance of energy-efficient fuel to choosing good food.

"Consumers must act to improve their vehicle's fuel economy," Mrs Kumar said, explaining a survey suggested speeding was an important factor.

"It showed the faster you drive on the highway, the more fuel your vehicle will consume and reducing speed improves your vehicles fuel economy.

"Maintaining speed reasonably low will also mean safer roads for the motorists as well as the pedestrians.

"You have to maintain your vehicle(s). Well-maintained vehicles not only improve fuel economy but also keep you safe while on the road. This means making sure that your vehicle is properly tuned, your tires are properly inflated and using the right oil for your vehicles."

She said under inflated tires required more energy to roll and this wasted fuel.

"Bad wheel alignment, dirty filters and a dodgy spark plug can let your vehicle down and improperly functioning vehicle parts can reduce fuel economy and create unnecessary wear on the vehicle.

"Combine errands into one trip — letting your car cool down and warm up while making short trips eats up fuel.

"Vehicles run most efficiently when they are warm, so it is advisable for drivers to properly plan their trips."

"Also, mapping out the most efficient route for all your stops is a great way to increase your miles per gallon. Knowing exactly where you are going will reduce unnecessary running of the vehicle.

"Avoid keeping unnecessary stuff in your trunk. Carrying extra weight on your vehicle can reduce your fuel economy."

Everyone could work on these pointers to become more energy-efficient.





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