How to Improve Fuel Efficiency


With the ever increasing cost of fuel it’s no wonder people are looking for tips to help them be more fuel efficient. Anything that makes the engine work harder uses more fuel thus costing you more money.

By following a few points the average motorist could save on average £200-£300 a year! I’m sure you will agree this post is worth a few minutes of your time, imagine what you could do with all that extra money…?

Alter Your Driving style:

Drive Smoothly – Think ahead all the time planning to avoid unnecessary acceleration and/or braking. If your coming up to a red light don’t accelerate towards it let the car roll up to, with any luck it will change by the time you get there.

Shift to a Higher Gear A.S.A.P. – The lower the revolutions the engine is making, the less fuel it will use. For optimum performance change up a gear, between 2000 to 2500 revs.

Slow Down – Higher speeds use more fuel. Driving at 85mph uses approximately 25% more fuel than driving at 70mph. This is a massive difference.

Combine Journeys Where Possible – Try to combine journeys where possible, frequent small trips all add up. If you could make them all together it would save you fuel.

Switch Off – If you are stuck in a traffic jam or at a level crossing turn the engine off if it is safe to do so. It’s a myth that cars use more fuel to start up. Modern cars use hardly any extra fuel when started without pressing the accelerator.

Lighten the Load – Remove unnecessary weight from the vehicle before using it. Extra weight requires extra fuel. So leaving them golf clubs in the boot because it’s convenient is costing you money every time you set off on a journey.

Aerodynamics – Although roof boxes are designed with aerodynamics in mind they do inevitably create some resistance using more fuel. If you have roof racks or roof boxes which are not in use remove them until they are needed. Another good tip is close your windows if travelling over 60mph. The drag means you will use more fuel.

Electrics – Keep the use of your electrics to a minimum. Stereos, blowers, air conditioning demisters etc all put a load on your engine meaning more fuel is used. If you do not need them on switch them off to save some pennies.

Warming Up? – Modern cars don’t need to be warmed up so why waste your fuel leaving them idly running?

Maintenance is another key part of preserving that fuel in your tank:

Servicing – Regular servicing ensures the engine is maintained well and running at optimum efficiency. The more efficiently it’s running the less fuel you will use.

Tyres – Check your tyre pressure regularly. Under inflated tyres will cause the engine to burn up more fuel. It’s also a good habit to check tread depth and condition of the tyres while you are there to ensure they are in good roadworthy condition.

Oil – Ensure you are using the right specification of oil for your vehicle. This can be found in the handbook and will ensure the engine is running properly.

The tips given in this post have been proven to work time and time again. Why not give them a try make a note of how much fuel you put in and miles travelled and see how much you are saving.

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