Ways to Reduce Fuel Consumption When Driving
Posted on 10th December 2022 at 14:17
High fuel prices continue to have an effect on UK households and businesses. As fuel prices continue to fluctuate below £1.99 per litre, there are steps you can take to help reduce fuel consumption:
Keep you car clean - a cleaner car is more fuel efficient. It’s all down to aerodynamics as dirt and debris creates a rougher surface for airflow. A variety of experiments have found a vehicle to be more fuel-efficient when clean, averaging 2 miles per gallon (mpg) more than when it was dirty.
Shop Around - keep an eye on fuel prices in your area, go for the most economical and only top up when you need to. Money expert Martin Lewis also suggested recently that a full tank adds a lot of weight to the load, which means the vehicle will consume slightly more fuel.
Drive at a smooth steady speed - take into consideration the traffic ahead and accelerate gently. Braking and speeding up can cause you to use more fuel.
Maintain tyre pressure - make sure tyres are inflated to the correct pressure. Under-inflated tyres can increase the vehicle’s drag which increases fuel usage.
Regular servicing - regular maintenance and servicing improves general efficiency.
Change gears earlier - most modern vehicles suggest when to shift gear. Try not to over-rev the engine and use the highest gear within the speed limit.
Remove excess weight - try not to use the boot for storing heavy items.
Air-con - AC uses engine power resulting in increased fuel consumption.
Use a sat nav - this can help to avoid unnecessary detours and delays on the roads.
Walk or bike - do you really need the car to run a few errands? Choosing to leave the car at home is good exercise too.
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