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Vehicles are a major source of air pollution. In fact, vehicle pollution is the single largest contributor to air pollution in Perth.

To reduce the pollution from your vehicle and offset increases in fuel price, start eco-driving. EcoDriving incorporates a number of safer, smarter driving techniques that maximise fuel economy by operating the engine as efficiently as possible.

How we drive influences the amount of fuel used. The fuel consumption difference between an aggressive and defensive driver can be as much as 20 per cent.

EcoDriving tips:

Drive smoothly. up to 20 % Gentle acceleration, steady speed and the correct gear choice. Keep revs under 2000 RPM.
Reduce speed. up to 10 % 50kmh on urban roads and 90 kmh on the highway are the most efficient speeds for a passenger vehicle.
Scan the road ahead. up to 15 % Use defensive driving techniques so you can decelerate early and avoid the need for harsh braking and accelerating.
Don’t idle your car. up to 10 %

If you plan to be stationary for more than 30 seconds it is more efficient to turn off your car and re-start it than to idle.

Remove roof racks and loads.

up to 10 %

Roof racks create drag and increase fuel consumption, if you are not using them all the time, take them off until you need them. Heavy loads add weight to your car, remove unnecessary items from the boot until you need them.

Reduce air conditioner use.

up to 25 %

Air conditioners place a large load on the engine and can increase fuel consumption.

Close windows over 80 kmh.

up to 5 %

Open windows cause drag and increase fuel consumption as speed increases. Over 80 kmh the drag caused by open windows is greater than the load of the air conditioner.

Use cruise control.

up to 14%

Using cruise control not only keeps you to the speed limit, it encourages smooth driving by reducing the need to accelerate and brake.

Vehicle maintenance:

Maintain correct tyre inflation. up to 25 % Under-inflated tyres increase friction against the road and uneven tyre wear. Keep tyres correctly inflated to manufacturer recommendations.
Do not over fill fuel tank.   Fill your tank to the first ‘click’. Excess fuel evaporates and increases emissions. Always make sure your fuel cap is secure: fuel from your tank can evaporate if your fuel cap is faulty.
Check oil, water and coolant levels regularly. up to 5 % Correct oils and coolants and sufficient levels of fluids and water help your vehicle run smoothly and efficiently.
Service your vehicle regularly. up to 25 % Your vehicle should be serviced to manufacturer instructions especially as it ages. A well maintained vehicle is much more efficient than neglected vehicles of the same age and class.

Consider your travel choices:

For each journey you need to make, consider alternatives to using the car:

  • Walk or cycle for local trips and use public transport for longer ones.
  • Combine small trips into one trip where possible.
  • Plan trips to avoid congestion or peak hour.
  • Use the phone or internet to communicate rather than driving.

Visit the TravelSmart website for more information on vehicle alternatives.

1 The potential savings are indicative only, with the amount of saving dependant on the scale of your change.