The cost of fuel is a common complaint of UK drivers, for good reason, too. Here’s how you can use less fuel when driving.
Keep your tyres inflated to the correct pressure
Both over and under inflated tyres can cause you to use more fuel. You can find out the correct tyre pressure in your vehicle handbook.
Don’t leave your engine on unnecessarily
Make sure you turn it on only as you’re about to drive off, and turn it off again as soon as you reach your destination.
This’ll help you save on fuel and minimise your car’s wear and tear. So keep a steady speed and avoid harsh braking.
Using your gears
- Change gears early
- Drive in the highest gear for your speed without straining the engine
- Change gears in blocks – for instance, if you can, go straight from 2nd to 4th gear
The more weight you carry around, the more fuel you’ll use, so lighten the load if you can. If you have a roof rack, take it off when you’re not using it.
Switch off your air con
Your engine will have to work harder to power the air conditioning, so use it sparingly.
Drive at a steady speed over humps
Rather than speeding up between humps, then slowing down as you go over them, drive at a steady speed of around 15 – 20mph until you’ve passed the humps.
The slower you drive, the less fuel you’ll use.
Build your speed up smoothly
Keep your eye on the rev counter when speeding up – build speed up slowly to avoid over revving your engine.
Know where you’re going
You can cut out miles of needless driving caused by taking wrong turns by simply planning your journey in advance. Plenty of new drivers find a satnav invaluable.
Keep your windows closed when driving at high speeds
When you have the windows open in your car, wind entering your vehicle slows it, in the same way it slows a parachute. The aerodynamic drag on your car means you will have to use more fuel to maintain the same speed.
Choose a fuel efficient car
As a rule, smaller cars tend to use less fuel. However, it’s important that you compare different models and makes – even similarly sized cars can have a huge variation in fuel efficiency.
Newer cars tend to have Fuel Economy labels, where cars are rated from A – M, A being the most efficient rating and M the lowest.
Choosing a fuel efficient car will not only help save you petrol money, it’ll help you pay less road tax, too.