Driving more efficiently could cut your annual petrol/diesel bill by a third, saving you hundreds of pounds each year.
Try our Top Fuel Saving Tips to see if this could help save you;
- Drag Factor – One the best ways to lower fuel consumption is to decrease your ‘Drag’ factor. So unless you are off on a family camping trip, remove the roof/bike rack and clear the car of excess baggage, the lighter your car is, the less effort it takes to accelerate. Topping up little but often is another way to keep costs low. Fuel is heavy, so by filling the car up you’re adding quite a lot of weight.
- Tyre Pressure – Checking you tyre pressure before setting off on a journey is also important as low tyre pressure will increase the drag on your car.
- Drive Smoothly – Harsh acceleration, heavy braking and pulling away too quickly uses up to 60% more fuel, as it is released quicker the harder you press down on the pedal. By accelerating gradually you will get to the same speed but without over-revving the engine, hence reducing consumption. A good rule is to stay under 3,000 revs.
- Gear Changes – Switching gear at a modest engine speed, so between 2000 and 2500 rpm, can reduce fuel consumption by up to 15%.
- Speed Limits – Make your fuel go further. Driving at 70mph uses 30% more fuel than at 50 mph. Driving at 70 mph along the motorway instead of 80mph can save 40% every 10 miles.
- Start up and go – When starting your car in cold weather it is advisable to drive off as quickly as is safely possible. Idling, to heat the engine wastes fuel and causes rapid engine wear.
- Stuck in a Jam – Turning off the engine after 2 minutes will save fuel and cut all emissions.
- Air Conditioning – Having your air conditioning on will increase your fuel consumption.
- Check your Air Filter – A dirty or clogged air filter can reduce your mpg by 10%.