Fuel efficiency experts share their tips

Fuel efficiency experts on mission to teach you how to save

HELEN and John Taylor are clocking up the kilometres as they head around Australia teaching people how to save money and the environment.

The couple are the world's leading fuel efficiency experts and have been running fuel efficiency programs across the globe for 35 years.

They filled up in Gladstone yesterday before heading south to Brisbane on day 26 of their 38-day journey, which ends in Hobart.

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Followed closely by official observer Phil Swindells from the Australian Book of Records, who monitors each fill and secures the filler at each stop, they had travelled 16,000km so far when they stopped to refuel at Caltex on Blain Dr.

Their last fuel stop had been Townsville, and they consumed a miserly 48.28 litres of fuel in that 830km leg.

FILLING UP: Helen Taylor, Phil Swindells and John Taylor filled the VW Passat in Gladstone with 48.28 litres of 98 fuel after last refuelling in Townsville.
FILLING UP: Helen Taylor, Phil Swindells and John Taylor filled the VW Passat in Gladstone with 48.28 litres of 98 fuel after last refuelling in Townsville. Allen Winter

That represented 5.8 litres per 100km, far less than the 7.2 litres posted in the VW Passat's posted fuel economy figure.

Mrs Taylor became engrossed in vehicle efficiency after joining an economic fuel drive as a teenager.

"I started years ago when I saved up for a car and realised it costs money to move it and I couldn't afford to drive it," she said.

"I thought I must have some control over this and developed a few driving techniques and found they could get me further."

She's now travelled the world teaching others how to save fuel and be environmentally conscious.'

For more information head to fuelacademy.com.

Top 10 Tips:

  1. Drive smoothly. Aggressive driving can use as much as a third more fuel than safe driving.
  2. Use higher gears. The higher the gear you drive in the lower your engine speed is, which can improve fuel efficiency.
  3. Tune and service your engine. A well-tuned engine can improve fuel economy.
  4. Keep your tyres at the right pressure. A tyre that is under-inflated by just 1psi can reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 3%.
  5. Avoid carrying excess weight. For every extra 45kg you carry your fuel efficiency can drop by 1-2%.
  6. Remove the roof rack. They affect the aerodynamic efficiency of vehicles and create drag, reducing fuel economy.
  7. Use the correct oil. Higher quality motor oils can help your engine operate more efficiently.
  8. Fuel matters. Fuel economy is maximised in the engine through a combination of good driving techniques and using the right fuel.
  9. Avoid excess idling. Turn the engine off when you're in a queue, or waiting for someone.
  10. Plan trips. To reduce driving time, combine all your short trips and errands into a single journey.


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