Speed is the most important factor in fuel saving, however there are a number of ways in which can also affect fuel consumption. There are also a number of ways you can change your driving habits in order to save.
Here are the top 12 tips to save money on your petrol and diesel.
1: Less fuel means more fuel:
If you live in a city or a built u area, this is classed as urban driving. If you only have a quarter of a tank of fuel, less weight in the vehicle will mean you have a higher fuel economy
2: Plan your route / Destination:
Try and drive as little as possible, try and do one big round trip rather than lots of little ones. Once the engine is up to its operating temperature this is when the car is most fuel efficient. You will burn more fuel when the engine is cold compared to when its warm. If the engine is cold for most of the journey you will have used more fuel where as if you warmed it up before hand.
3: Maintain your vehicle:
Maintaining your vehicle and keeping your service intervals up to date improves the efficiency of your vehicle and you should carry out basic checks or see your local garage.
4: High gear, slow speed.
A clever tip is to drive for example in 5th or 6th instead of 3rd gear or 4th. Keep the rev’s down to a minimum as the more the engine revs. More fuel is being used in the engine. For hills, speed up before the hill if its a decline, speed up on the decline as you will use less fuel going down it than going up.
5: Cruise control uses more fuel going up and down hills:
Modern fuel saving system cruise control actually uses more fuel if you are going up and down hills. If you were to drive on a constant flat surface then that is when you save the most fuel using cruise control. Cruise control aids fuel economy only on flat surfaces. Cruise control is slow to react when going up a hill.
6: Maintain momentum:
in line from the above point keeping the car moving is essential to fuel economy. This does depend on the traffic conditions and the road ahead. slowing down and speeding up again naturally uses more fuel.
7: Gentle right foot:
Having a gentle right for and speed up and slow down progressively means you will also be saving more fuel. You don’t have to start like your in a race, progressively and smooth is the way to save fuel. When your on the motorway and a lorry pulls out in front of you, judge before if its going to pull out and don’t use your brake. Slow down by letting off the accelerator too.
8: Get rid of any weight in your car:
Dont keep items in your car that you don’t need. If you have a lead weight that weigh’s 50kg this affects fuel consumption by 2%. Yes its a small margin but all adds up to more fuel being saved.
9: Roof bars don’t let it drag!
Remove roof bars if you are not using them. This creates drag on the car which is a great aerodynamic effect that increases fuel consumption.Roof bars are responsible for 10% increased consumption or more on some vehicles.
10: Keep your rubber inflated:
Make sure your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure indicated in your owners manual. This will vary on vehicles and how much load you are carrying. Inflating your tyres will increase the rolling resistance of your car. Tyre pressures are responsible for 10% of your total economy too.
12: Lose your cool:
Don’t use your air conditioning unless you really need to as this uses more fuel in your vehicle, it decreases engine power as it uses the AC fan belt on the car, this saps energy and power from your vehicle which its in use effectively using more fuel. Opening your windows is a great alternative.
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