Fuel consumption has a lot to do with the vehicle you drive, but whatever you drive there are things you can do to save fuel, save money and help the environment.
Below, we’ve put together some tips on how to keep your fuel costs to a minimum.
1. Use your air conditioning wisely
Air conditioning increases fuel consumption. It’s recommended that you turn it off unless it’s really hot.
2. Keep your vehicle in good condition
A well-maintained vehicle is also more efficient, so you’ll save money on fuel as well. Vehicles should be serviced in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations, which can be found in the vehicle handbook.
3. Check your tyre pressures regularly
The lower the tyre pressure, the more fuel the car needs to move. We recommend that regularly check your tyres. If you’re not sure what the pressure should be, you can normally find the figures near the lock inside the driver’s door or inside the fuel flap.
4. Stick to the speed limit
Going faster uses more fuel. Drive at 70mph and you’ll use up to 9% more than at 60mph and up to 15% more than at 50mph. Taking it up to 80mph can use up to 25% more fuel than at 70mph.
5. Remove accessories
The lighter your car is, the less effort it needs to accelerate. Don’t carry any unnecessary items in your vehicle, including in the boot.
6. Keep your windows closed
Keep windows and sunroofs shut when driving on motorways to make the vehicle more aerodynamic, otherwise the ‘drag’ can mean you’re using more fuel.
7. Change up earlier
The higher gear you drive in, the lower your engine speed is, which can improve fuel efficiency. So change up a gear whenever you can, without labouring the engine. Change gear in good time when you pull away or when you’re accelerating.
8. Plan your journey
Plan your journey. Avoid traffic black spots and busy times if possible, and get the map or sat-nav out to avoid getting lost and driving further than necessary.
9. Use engine stop/start
Many newer vehicles automatically turn off when stationary in neutral. If yours doesn’t, turn off your engine when you’ve stopped for a minute or so to save fuel.
10. Avoid THE NEED FOR heavy braking
Keep an eye on the road conditions further ahead and anticipate traffic at roundabouts and junctions to give yourself plenty of time to react and slow down gently. Adopting a gradual and smooth deceleration process will improve fuel efficiency.