Fuel efficiency experts Helen and John Taylor
Fuel efficiency experts Helen and John Taylor

Why blokes say they are more efficient than women...

AUSSIE men say they are more fuel efficient than their female counterparts but most drivers reckon they still have a lot to learn when it comes to saving money at the bowser.

New independent research by Caltex reveals bad driving habits across the nation.

Sydney drivers are the worst offenders when it comes to wasting fuel by leaving their car idling while standing in queues, with nearly half (46%) admitting they do this regularly compared to just a third (33%) of fuel savvy Melburnians.

Queenslanders are the biggest fuel felons when it comes to air conditioning, with the majority (59%) admitting they waste fuel by leaving it on when it doesn't need to be, compared to just 42% of Adelaide drivers

While the debate on which sex is the better driver is unlikely to be resolved anytime soon, the research data shows that men are twice as likely to consider the aerodynamics of a car for fuel efficiency.

Half (50%) realise that putting the windows up while driving over 80km/h will improve fuel efficiency compared to just a quarter (24%) of women.

The male of the species is also more in tune with efficient driving techniques with 60% knowing that using techniques such as higher gears where possible will improve fuel efficiency compared to just a third (34%) of women.

Men are also more confident (44%) than females (32%) with their ability to be fuel efficient and are twice as likely to check the tyre pressure, with only one in ten (9%) of men admitting they never check tyre pressure compared to a fifth (19%) of women.

The research also showed that Gen Y drivers tend to be the worst offenders for wasting fuel by leaving the backseat or boot full of unnecessary items with over half (54%) admitting they do this regularly compared to just a third (33%) of baby boomers.

The research findings come as world-leading fuel efficiency experts Helen and John Taylor continue their world record attempt, the Caltex Vortex Fuel efficiency challenge, driving 19,000km in 38 days in a figure of 8 around Australia.

During the drive the couple are hosting free fuel efficiency workshops at major metropolitan, regional and rural areas; including iconic landmarks such as Uluru.

Where the Taylors will be
Where the Taylors will be

By the end of their 38-day journey the pair hope to have used up to 15% less fuel per 100 kilometres than the manufacturer's stated usage and set a new word record.

John Taylor says: "It doesn't matter whether the car you drive is big or small, it's the way you drive it that can help you get the most out of your fuel."

"Our aim is to show Australian drivers how fuel efficient driving techniques, combined with regular vehicle servicing and premium fuels can help people get more out of a tank and maintain the engine."

Caltex Australia executive general manager commercial Bruce Rosengarten said the firm is keen to empower people to make informed choices when it comes to driving and fuel efficiency.

Across the nation, most motorists would change the way they drive or the fuel they buy if it would result in a cost saving (63%) or if it was shown to be better for the engine and long term health of the car (53%).

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Some of the key results

  • 96% of Australians admit they don't drive efficiently but more than half (53%) want to uncover the secrets to using less fuel.
  • Most motorists would change the way they drive or the fuel they buy if it would result in a cost saving (63%) or if it was shown to be better for the engine and long term health of the car (53%).
  • Three quarters of Aussies are unaware that driving a manual will typically result in better fuel economy and a further 39% mistakenly think mixing fuels in their vehicle will help them get more kilometres to the litre
  • Most Australian motorists (69%) are confused about fuel efficiency, with many unaware that sitting in a queue with the car idling wastes fuel (82%) and a third (29%) believing that changing the oil every 5,000kms will automatically improve mileage.

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