With fuel prices at an all time high, it is probably a good idea to see how you can cut back on your consumption. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Give your car some TLC
A well-tuned engine will save a surprising amount of Fuel. And all it takes is some simple maintenance and routine servicing.
Every extra pound or kilo can affect your fuel efficiency. So keep your boot and back seat clear of unnecessary items that can add weight to your vehicle (e.g. golf clubs).
Are you turned on or off?
Idling gets you nowhere, but still burns fuel. As a rule, if you’re in a queue, or waiting for someone for more than 10 seconds, switch off your engine.
Easy does it
The higher gear you drive in, the lower your engine speed is, which can improve fuel efficiency. So always change up a gear whenever your car comfortably can.
Opening your windows or piling bikes and boxes onto the roof can heavily impact your fuel economy by increasing the drag on the air. Driving faster will also increase the wind resistance you encounter, causing your vehicle to use more fuel.
No drain, no pain
As a rule, anything that puts a drain on the battery will put a drain on your fuel economy â€“ like air conditioning. But worse still is a battery in poor condition. So keep a check on your battery’s health.
Timing is everything
Driving in heavy stop-start traffic is going to negatively affect fuel economy. So if you’re a commuter, avoid the rush hours when you can. You’ll really notice the improvement in fuel consumption.
Open your eyes
Think ahead when you’re driving. Slow down early at red lights, rather than stopping completely, or speed up a bit before you reach the foot of a hill. All these little things can add up to improved fuel economy.
The fuel rule
Not all fuels are the same. Better fuels burn more efficiently and can improve your fuel economy. So always choose one of high quality.
Get pumped up
Correctly inflated tyres are not only safer and last longer. But they will also reduce drag on the road, improving your overall fuel economy.