1. Slow down

An aggressive driving style can increase fuel consumption by 10% - 12% above average and increase environmental pollution by 30% - 40%.

2. Check your tyre pressure

Under-inflated tyres can increase your fuel bill. Tyres lose air due to time (about 1 psi per month) and temperature (1 psi for every 10 degree drop); under-inflated tyres have more rolling resistance, which means you need to burn more fuel to keep your car moving. Buy a reliable tyre gauge and check your tyres at least once a month. Be sure to check them when they are cold, since driving the car warms up the tires along with the air inside them, which increases pressure and gives a falsely high reading. Use the inflation pressures shown in the owner's manual or on the data plate in the driver's door jamb.

3. Tyre wear check

Unevenly worn tyres can be a sign of incorrect wheel alignment or tracking. This increases friction and means your engine must work harder, using more fuel.

4. Weights

Do not carry unnecessary weight in the boot.

5. Accelerate with care

If you drive an automatic, accelerate moderately so the transmission can shift up into the higher gears. Manual transmission should shift early to keep the revs down, but don't lug the engine -- downshift if you need to accelerate. Keep an eye well down the road for potential slowdowns. If you accelerate to speed then must brake right away, that's wasted fuel.

6. Move slowly in traffic

A constant speed keeps shifting to a minimum, but it also aids economy, as it takes much more fuel to get a vehicle moving than it does to keep it moving.

7. Turn off air-con as much as possible

Use air-conditioning sparingly – running air-conditioning continuously increases fuel consumption significantly.

8. Keep factory fit tyres and alloys fitted to your Honda

New wheels and tyres may look cool, and they can certainly improve handling. But if they are wider than the original tyres, chances are they'll create more rolling resistance and decrease fuel economy.

9. Keep your Honda clean

If you're the type who takes a leisurely attitude towards car cleanliness periodically go through your car and see what can be removed or brought into the house. The more weight your car must carry around, the more fuel it burns.

10. Service your Honda regularly

Have your car regularly serviced. Poor engine lubrication, wheel alignment and poorly adjusted brakes can all increase fuel consumption.

11. Check your fuel consumption

It will help you get the most from the car and changes in overall fuel consumption may indicate a fault.

12. Air filter check

A clogged air filter reduces performance and increases the strain on your engine, resulting in lower fuel efficiency.

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