22 March 2016

Tips to Reduce your Fuel Costs

Fuel is one of the biggest running costs in any vehicle. Here’s some tips to keep the fuel bills at bay;

Tyres – rolling resistance is one of the biggest drains on your car when cruising. Good quality tyres tend to have a lower rolling resistance while still have maximum grip on the road. So fit a good quality tyre, they will last longer and use less fuel. Check your tyre pressure as well.

Driving style – accelerate gently and look at what’s happening ahead of you. If you see the traffic stopped or slowing then take your foot off the accelerator and glide to a halt.

Gear changes – Change your gears up early and don’t over rev. Many manual cars now have guides to assist you when to change gears. At first they may seem to change earlier than what you are used to but it will be saving you fuel.


Using a Mobile Phone in your Car

We recommend avoiding using a phone while driving but if you have to, only use it with a hands free Bluetooth connection integrated with your car. If you are making a call, our advice is to pull over to initiate the call rather than be distracted while driving.


When should tyres be replaced?

Tyres should be replaced when the tread depth is below 2.0mm, or if they are damaged and represent a danger to safety.


What are my responsibilities as a driver?

All vehicle drivers must have a current and valid licence
Drivers must never drive the vehicle after drinking alcohol beyond the legal limit or after taking drugs that may impair physical performance.

For reliable operation of the motor vehicle, it is a requirement that the following checks be performed on a weekly basis:


  • Oil and coolant levels (refer to owner’s service manual)
  • Tyre condition and pressure
  • Windscreen washer fluid level
  • Battery fluid level
  • Brake fluid level
  • Operation of all external lights and indicators

The vehicle is to be serviced at the manufacturer’s service intervals (refer to owner’s service manual) or when indicated to do so by the vehicle’s own monitoring systems. It is your responsibility to make sure the vehicle is presented for service or maintenance as and when required. If you don’t do this, it can lead to severe mechanical issues and costs.

The driver is required to regularly clean the vehicle and maintain its appearance. Cleaning entails washing, polishing and vacuuming and should be undertaken as necessary. Bird droppings will cause damage to the vehicle paint work  so any bird droppings should be removed as soon as possible.

Vehicles returned to sgfleet at lease end must be in satisfactory condition relative to the vehicle’s age and distance travelled. To find out more please refer to the Fair Wear and Tear guide.