Fuel Wasting Technology? Improve your fuel economy at Northstar Service Centre Brisbane North – Ph 1300 684 782
Posted by Bob Aldons – Northstar Motor Group
Doing the rounds of my Northstar sites last week, I came to lights at the corner of Duffield Road and Anzac Avenue Clontarf.
I was “lucky” enough to just miss the lights and very quickly I was surrounded by another 15 or so cars, utes and trucks. Now these lights have a reputation of being slow, so it gave me time to ponder how much fuel this group of vehicles would use whilst they waited for the lights to change.
After what seemed an hour, which was really only 6 minutes, the lights changed and off we all went. So the question when I returned to work was:
Question: How much fuel will they typically use if those 15 cars did the same trip 5 days a week, 48 weeks of the year (4 weeks holidays)
Answer: Depends on the traffic light synchronisation
For this particular intersection the calculation runs like this:
5 minutes x 5 days x 48 weeks = 1200 minutes per year. A car typically uses .9 of 1 litre idling per hour, therefore each car uses $26.10 waiting at these lights every year. 15 Cars will use 18 litres of fuel each or $405 per annum - FOR EVERY TIME THIS LIGHT TURNS RED.
Makes you wonder whether the Department of Transport should spend a little bit more time, working on the traffic light synchronization on all traffic lights in Queensland.
Call into Northstar Motor Group at 320 Anzac Avenue Kippa-Ring on the Redcliffe Peninsula, 739 Deception Bay Road Rothwell, or at 266 Morayfield Road Morayfield (Opposite Bunnings Warehouse)
We're only 15 minutes or so from Brisbane Airport and a leisurely drive down the highway from Noosa, Bundaberg, Maryborough, and a short trip from Nambour, Caloundra, Mooloolaba and Bribie Island. We also get a lot of our customers as FIDO - that's not a dog by the way, that's fly in drive out. With cheap airfares, our customers come in from Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Mt Isa and even Sydney, Melbourne and as far away as Perth.
Northstar continues to expand its brand portfolio. Along with the original Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge brands since 2003, Isuzu Ute and Volkswagen since 2008, Mahindra in 2012, Northstar now has Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Fiat Professional, and Abarth.
We'll happily arrange a drive home registration and you know the best thing about this? The drive home gives you just the best running in you'll ever get. New engines love a long drive to bed everything in and you'll get the best economy you've ever experienced. Alternatively if you're time or distance poor, check us out online at www.nsmg.com.au or read more reviews at www.mycarreview.com.au . Finally, if you can't come to us, we'll come to your home, workplace or worksite - call Northstar on 1300 NTH STAR or 1300 684 782.