The increasing price of fuel is on the minds of most drivers these days. We have 20 fuel-saving tips that can be surprisingly effective.
1) Remove all non-essential items from your car and don’t forget to include the boot!
2) One of the easiest and most effective ways to conserve fuel is to change driving styles. Change into the correct gear for the speed you are travelling at, correct use of gears give you flexibility to deal with hazards efficiently and can save you up to 15% of your fuel bill.
3) Check tyre pressures regularly, any imbalance in the tyre pressure affects your vehicle performance when braking and cornering. If tyre pressure is too low can mean more fuel burnt.
4) Switch off your engine if you have to wait longer than 60 seconds. Eco vehicle have start/stop technology.
5) Driving just 5 mph over the speed limit can affect fuel consumption by 23%, the most fuel efficient speed is 45-50 mph.
6) Do not rev the engine! Revving the engine whilst stationary does nothing but waste fuel.
7) Plan Ahead, anticipate stop signs and traffic/pedestrian lights, the less you have to stop, the better your fuel economy.
8) Use air con sparingly but at speeds of over 50 mph, use of air conditioning is better than an open window.
9) Do not linger in low gears, getting into the highest gear you can, at the lowest possible speed, will save you fuel but remember to use the correct gear for the road and traffic conditions.
10) Buy fuel in units of litres, not pounds. It is easier to decide where the best value is by comparing the litre price.
11) Use cruise control during extended trips on motorways, you save fuel by maintaining a consistent speed and remember the risk of aqua planning increase when using cruise control in wet conditions.
12) Service your car regularly.
13) Keep your tank full. Fuel that sloshes around in the empty space in your tank tends to vaporize and eventually leaks away.
14) Do not use the same garage out of habit try to shop around.
15) If you’re shopping for new transport, re-evaluate how much car you really need and concern eco friendly vehicles e.g. hybrid, electric.
16) Consolidate your shopping trips or journeys. The more you drive, the more fuel you use, especially on short trips.
17) Experiment with routes and departure times to see where you can save on your daily commute.
18) Use your handbrake on hills. Riding the clutch wastes fuel and dramatically reduces the life of the clutch. With an automatic transmission, use your handbrake, not the accelerator, to hold against an incline.
19) Avoid travelling during rush hour: That helps to reduce fuel-gulping patterns such as starting, stopping and idling.
20) Where possible avoid rough roads. Dirt and gravel can cause an increase in fuel consumption of up to 30%.