Saving Fuel - Smarter Driving Tips
Petrol/Diesel prices on the up? Get more miles to the gallon, and save money on fuel costs, with our top tips for fuel-efficient driving:
- Switch it off – modern cars use virtually no extra fuel when they’re restarted (without pressing the accelerator) so don't let your engine idle. If it is safe to do so, turn off your engine when stationary for more than a minute or two. Remember though, your brakes and other systems will not work when the engine is off so don’t attempt to let your car roll.
- Check your revs - change up a gear between 2000rpm and 2500rpm. Shift up earlier to reduce engine friction and increase efficiency.
- Drive smoothly - anticipate the road ahead to avoid unnecessary braking and acceleration. Decelerate early when slowing down.
- Step off the accelerator - when slowing down or driving downhill, keep in gear but take your foot off the accelerator as early as possible. In modern cars this reduces fuel flow to the engine to virtually nil.
- Slow down - avoid excessive speeds where possible. Driving at 85mph is not only against the law but uses approximately 25% more fuel than driving at 70mph. Plan your journey well to avoid delays and help reduce the need for speeding.
- Check tyre pressure frequently – at least once a month and always before long journeys. Under-inflated tyres are not only dangerous and but will also increase your fuel consumption.
- Air conditioning - switch it off or use climate control on the ‘eco’ setting to reduce fuel consumption. However, driving with an open window at high speed can use just as much fuel as having the air conditioning on.
- Don’t warm the engine – modern engines don’t need to be “warmed up” so idling before you start a journey simply wastes precious fuel.