Fuel saving tips: 7 ways to make your fuel go that extra mile
We are all looking to save money at this time of year, looking for those little cut backs here and there to help with Christmas gifts and festive parties.
With petrol prices constantly denting our wallets, Bob has been looking at some ways of reducing fuel consumption and making it last that extra mile.
Check out Bob’s top fuel saving tips below and start saving money now….
Bob’s fuel saving tips:
Slow It Down You may be surprised to learn that reducing your speed, if only by a few miles per hour, can reduce your fuel consumption. The faster you travel, the heavier the revs are on your engine, using more fuel. Even switching your engine off when stuck in traffic can cut this consumption down. The new car market is seeing more and more stop/start engine vehicles, trying to make cars more economical for their owners. Remember, pedal to the metal is not cheap, and can also be dangerous in winter driving conditions.
Easy Does It Sensible driving is not only safe, but it’s good for your fuel. Harsh braking and aggressive accelerating can eat away at your fuel. Accelerate gently and decelerate smoothly. Look after your car!
Keep In Check Keeping up to date with servicing your vehicle will keep on top of ensuring the engine’s efficiency. Using the correct spec of oil is important for the efficient running of the engine as well as your car receiving an oil change – see manufacturers guides for intervals. It is also important to check on your tyre pressure. Under-inflated tyres can create more road resistance using more fuel. If you don’t know what your tyre pressure should be, check your vehicle’s handbook, often the right pressure for your vehicle can be found on the inside of the door frame.
Switch Off Even though you have the luxury of air conditioning in your vehicle, it comes at a cost. When at low speeds, it’s cheaper to open your window rather than switch on your air conditioning. Save it for higher speed driving. Having the windows open at higher speeds can also dent your fuel consumption, air coming into the vehicle can cause wind resistance, making your car need to work a little harder.
Travel Light Carrying extra weight, such as items in your boot, even a roof box or bike rack when it is not required, will cause your car to need a little more power to go, meaning there is more strain on the fuel consumption as well as the CO2 emissions.
Plan Ahead This is a bit of an obvious one, but one that many travelling on an unfamiliar journey don’t often do. Getting directions before hand or looking at the shortest possible route will cut down on not only your fuel, but also your travel time, handy if you have a car full of impatient children!
Stick To It Naturally, you should obey the law and don’t exceed the speed limit, however, driving to the speed limit can also be a fuel factor. The faster you go the more fuel consumption your vehicle uses. Driving at 70 mph could use up to 10% more fuel than if you were to drive at 60 mph.
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