Simple tips to help you cut those fuel costs
- Don’t keep the engine running unnecessary. Don’t start the engine until you’re ready to go. If you are queuing in heavy traffic or just waiting, turn the engine off and this will save using fuel.
- Drive at an appropriate speed. The faster you drive, the more fuel you use. Keep to the speed limits and it really does reduce your fuel costs.
- Easy acceleration. Acceleration should be smooth and gentle.
- Change up in gear, and don’t labour. Change up gear correctly when accelerating, and don’t labour in the wrong gear. It uses more fuel.
- Slow down in good time. This will not only conserve fuel but prolong the life of your tyres and brakes.
(Statistics shows that driving at 50 miles per hour instead of 70 miles per hour can improve fuel economy by 25%).
Don’t carry unnecessary weight in the boot
Extra weight in your car will make the engine work harder and as a result use more fuel. Don’t drive around with unnecessary items in your boot.
A roof rack or store box adds wind resistance. These can cause extra drag at high speeds on the dual carriageway or the motorway. If the roof rack or box is not being used, remove it! This can reduce fuel use by as much as 10%.
Using the air conditioning
Running the air conditioning increases the car’s fuel consumption. If you want to uses less fuel, keep the use of the air con to a minimum.
Check your tyre pressure
Checking tyre pressure regularly improves the safety and performance of your tyres. Under inflated tyres results in wear around the outer edge and poor fuel efficiency.
Check the engine oil
Maintain the correct levels of engine oil. If the oil is being used too quickly this can be identifying engine problems.
Use good quality, energy efficient oil which matches the specification in your car manual. This can increase the miles per litre you achieve.
Tuning your car
Have your car’s engine tuned at a reputable local garage to ensure it is running at the optimum fuel usage level.