The cost of fuel is frustratingly ever-fluctuating and as summer road trips loom we’re all keen to save money wherever we can.
Following these fuel saving tips will enable you to get the maximum mileage out of your tank and become a more economical driver – helping both your bank account and the planet.
1. Lighten the load
The lighter the car, the less fuel you’ll use. Remove unnecessary, heavy items from your boot like that beach ball you haven’t used in 10 months or the booster seat your 15-year-old no longer needs.
2. Be aerodynamic
Roof bars and roof boxes create wind resistance and use more fuel due to the ‘drag effect’. Removing a roof-top cargo box can save up to 20% on fuel per year.
3. Basic maintenance
In order to maintain engine efficiency, it’s important to get your car serviced regularly. This simple step could really help you save fuel and keep your car in good condition.
4. Plan your journey
Look for the quickest route to get to your destination and try to avoid taking particularly busy roads as constantly breaking will not help your fuel tank. Use a sat nav or a map to avoid getting lost and using up unnecessary fuel.
5. Switch off the air con
Try not to use the air con unless you need it because air conditioning uses engine power and therefore increases fuel consumption. Dress for the weather and open the windows if you’re driving at a low speed.
6. Be a sensible driver
Read the road and avoid any last-minute braking. Accelerate and brake gently and change to a higher gear as soon as possible.
7. Stick to the speed limit
What Car? research found that driving at 80mph uses up to 25% more fuel than driving at 70mph. If you’re on smaller roads, slowing down from 70mph to 60mph could save another 10%.
8. Use gravity to your advantage
Easing off the throttle and keeping momentum will save more fuel than speeding up, braking and then starting all over again.
9. Take care of your tyres
Well maintained tyres are essential for safe and economical driving. It’s important to check your tyre pressure regularly, especially before a long journey.
10. Combine journeys
Try to run your errands on the same day, one long journey will save more fuel than five short ones because a warm engine is more efficient.