June 14, 2019 at 3:00 PM
It may feel like how much petrol or diesel you use is dictated by the vehicle you drive, but in reality there are a number of steps you can take to reduce your fuel consumption. We have compiled a list of 8 different tips to help you improve your fuel efficiency:
1. Maintain your vehicle – if you regularly service and maintain your vehicle it enhances efficiency, and therefore can improve your fuel consumption. One example is regularly ensuring your tyres are correctly inflated – the owner’s manual will indicate the correct pressure.
2. Gentle driving – excessive speed and acceleration is one of the greatest factors in fuel use, so if you are gentle in your acceleration and make sure you are driving at the highest possible gear within the speed limit you can reduce your fuel consumption.
3. Anticipate what’s ahead – whilst your driving obviously depends on what is happening on the road, driving as smoothly as possible and avoiding unnecessarily slowing down and speeding up can reduce your fuel consumption. If you try to anticipate what will happen ahead you can maintain momentum and make your driving more efficient.
4. Combine journeys – a warm engine is more efficient, as opposed to several cold starts, so if you have a number of things to do you should consider combining them into one round trip. Even if the mileage is the same, this will reduce your fuel consumption.
5. AC and heating – your air conditioning and heating do use fuel, so it’s important to only use them when you actually need to. Sometimes, it’s better to just wear a jumper!
6. Careful of drag – if you leave your roof box on all the time, it creates wind resistance and your car counteracts this by using more fuel, and this increases the faster you drive. Plus, driving with an open window can also have a similar effect!
7. Lighten the load – the heavier a vehicle is, the more fuel it will use. So spring clean that boot, and don’t keep unnecessary items in your car that add to the weight!
8. Cruise control fact check – cruise control does help fuel efficiency, but only when driving on a constant flat surface. Therefore, it’s best to reserve it for roads such as the motorway, as using it regularly could increase your fuel consumption.
It’s important to remember that the way you drive and how you treat your vehicle is not only vital for road safety, but can also improve your wallet in the long run. We hope you can utilise some of these tips to reduce the amount of fuel you are buying!