Whitehorse City Council

Drive a Greener Car

Carbon emissions are directly related to your car's fuel consumption, so choosing a fuel-efficient car and being responsible about how you use it will reduce its impact on the environment.  

Tips for Fuel-efficient Driving 

  • Ensure your car is tuned and serviced regularly
  • Drive smoothly. Avoid hard accelerating and heavy braking as it uses up a lot more fuel 
  • Travel lightly and remove unnecessary items from your car to reduce weight
  • Make sure your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure, as soft tyres cause higher fuel consumption
  • Filling up past the first click of the fuel nozzle means that fuel can be lost through the overflow pipe when you accelerate or go around corners
  • Consider how much you use your air conditioner – it can use up to 10 per cent extra fuel
  • Avoid peak-hour. If traffic is stationary, switch off the engine, even if you stop for a short time as 17 per cent of fuel is wasted through idling
  • By reducing your speed from 110kph to 90kph you could save up to 25 per cent in fuel. 

If you're buying a new car, choose a fuel-efficient vehicle from the class of vehicle that best suits your needs: