Unfortunately, the cost of motoring is going only one way up.
While we can’t do anything about the price of fuel, we can offer you a few pointers on how to increase your car's fuel economy.
Follow these 8 handy tips to improve efficiency and get the best mpg from your car
1. Go Easy On The Accelerator
Your driving style can have a big impact on how much petrol or diesel you use.
Try to keep your driving smooth. Gentle acceleration and using the highest safe gear will use less fuel.
What’s more, when you approach traffic lights, ease off the accelerator early if the lights are red. Why hurry up just to wait?
This is sometimes called 'defensive driving'. Not only will it help you use less fuel, but it tends to be safer too.
2. Turn Off The Air Conditioning
Unless it’s really cold or uncomfortably warm in the car, leave the air-con turned off. Using it can put a strain on the engine and burn more fuel, especially at low speeds. The same goes for heated windscreens, demisters, and other electrical appliances.
3. Change Up Early
Be gentle and change gear early. Accelerate and brake gently, and change to a higher gear as soon as possible. As a general guide, change up before 2000rpm in diesel and 2500rpm in petrol, without letting the engine struggle at low revs.
4. Use Engine Stop/Start
Lots of modern cars are fitted with engine stop-start technology, which can be great if you let it work properly. Sit with your foot on the clutch and the engine will continue to burn fuel; take it off and you’ll save money and fuel.
5. Avoid Excessive Idling
A car engine consumes one quarter to one-half gallon of fuel per hour when idling, but a warm engine only takes around 10 seconds worth of fuel to restart. Where safe to do so, shut off your engine if you will be stopped for more than a minute.
6. Check the tires for proper inflation at least once a month. Underinflated tires have increased rolling resistance that reduces fuel economy. They can also overheat and blow out.
7. When it's time for an oil change, make sure to use the proper type. Most newer cars require low-viscosity, energy-conserving, semi- or full-synthetic oils.
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