Helping to lower your fuel consumption

The ever-fluctuating (and often increasing) cost of fuel is something all motorists would’ve been noticing over the past year, and that’s why Drive Zimbabwe Roadside Assistance has put together their top tips for driving and riding more eco-friendly, which in turn can help cut the amount of fuel you use.

With the cost of living rising and the average Zimbabwe fuel prices for petrol E0 at USD 1.51 and diesel E50 at 1,51, we’re on hand to help drivers save money on filling up and to help avoid some of those unexpected costs when it comes to servicing and repairs. Here you’ll find Drive Zim top hints and tips to traveling more economical. After all, every little bit of help!

Greener driving

Driving smoothly and anticipating situations and other road users as far ahead as possible will help to avoid unnecessary braking and acceleration. Maintain a greater distance from the vehicle in front so that you can regulate your speed, when necessary, utilizing acceleration sense and without using the brakes.

When slowing down or driving downhill, remaining in gear but taking your foot off the accelerator as early as possible will reduce fuel flow to virtually zero, in most vehicles. When accelerating, shift to a higher gear early, even in an auto, you can try this where appropriate, and always remember high speeds greatly increase fuel consumption too so avoid excessive speed. 

Offload unnecessary weight

Removing racks, roof boxes, and bike carriers when they aren’t in use will significantly decrease air resistance and improve fuel consumption at higher speeds. Try to avoid carrying unnecessary weight on your travels as this will increase fuel consumption –raising your carbon footprint.

Avoid busy periods

If possible, try to avoid driving during heavy traffic. Stopping and starting in traffic needs the use of the first gear and a lot of fuel is used to get the vehicle moving again. So, if you can plan that journey to avoid unnecessary then you could save not only your time but that expensive fuel as well.

Check your tyres

Keep your tyres well maintained by checking the condition, pressure, and tread depth. An underinflated tyre will use more fuel. When it comes to choosing new tyres, it’s worth having a look at ones that are designed for extra economy. If you’re unsure of how to check your pressures, then visit garages that offer a range of resources for vehicle owners. However, it is always advisable to check the setting recommended by your vehicle manufacturer, and this can be found in your handbook. Consider changing to the high speed or load settings if you are on a long journey.

Avoid short journeys

During colder months, as your engine is trying to warm up it uses more fuel for the first four km or so. Your engine stays cold when you drive less than two km, and your car will produce 60% more pollution than a warm engine. Our National Travel Survey 2020 found 25% of trips were under 1 km, and 71% under 5 km, so could you consider leaving the keys at home and avoiding those short journeys where possible?

Keep it low

By keeping your speed low, you can reduce fuel consumption by up to 25%. Try pressing more lightly on the accelerator, often you can maintain the same speed with less pressure on the pedal. You’ll soon see the km increasing.

Read the road ahead

Look to the road ahead and plan your next move. Instead of being in situations where you find yourself needing to be heavier foot on the brake, try slowing down as you approach the red light or junction, if you can keep the vehicle rolling slowly all the better It’s also recommended to avoid hard acceleration when moving your car from a complete stop, or climbing a hill as it will increase fuel consumption.

Limit your use of climate control

Air conditioning (AC) is the single largest contributor to lower fuel economy during the summer. Under very hot conditions, AC can reduce a vehicle’s economy by a whopping 25%. Since air conditioning systems run off the engine, they often sap power and fuel efficiency in the process, so if you don’t need it on then you may eke out a few extra km if you turn it off. If you do need it then it’s worth using sparingly.

Advanced driving techniques lend themselves well to helping with fuel economy, observation, anticipation, and planning. Smooth and gentle acceleration and early upward gear changes will also help you to save on your fuel consumption. It’s also worth making sure you are not carrying any excess baggage (do you need your full toolbox in the boot?) or wind brakes such as roof boxes/bars or cycle racks when they are not needed as they will also help to reduce fuel use. At low speeds, an open window may work as well as air conditioning and will probably use less fuel, but this will change as speeds increase and drag rises. But of course, the biggest saving of 100% will be if we can cut out the short journeys – that few hundred yards to the shop may just be the start of my new fitness campaign.


With so much crime having an impact on the safety of road users there is a similar need for a fast and efficient response to protect motorists who have survived a crash or who are stuck next to the road from a vehicle breakdown! and so many different policies on the market, it can be difficult to know which best suits your needs. Of course, nobody can make this decision for you, but there are several factors you should consider when choosing breakdown cover:  

Drive Zimbabwe Roadside Assistance Pvt  Ltd provides a unique, comprehensive, and competitively-priced Roadside Assistance and Vehicle Recovery Service with three levels of recovery service to suit all needs and pockets. Drive Zimbabwe Roadside Assistance breakdown cover can make all the difference. Call us or  Whatsapp at 0780 579 261/0718 084 297 / 0736 523 424 and Join Today. Follow us on  Facebook  and Twitter  for more tips and guidance on how to keep yourself and your vehicle safe on the roads.

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