Fuel Saving Tips You Need To Know
Shopping around garages for the best price of fuel is the easiest and most obvious way to cut your costs, however there are many other ways you can save money on your fuel.
Remove any unnecessary weight
The heavier the weight, the more fuel the car will use, so make sure anything that you don’t need in the car is out of it. Remove any roof racks or boxes that aren’t in use as they too will increase the weight of the vehicle.
Make fewer trips
The best way to save on fuel is to try and make fewer trips in your car. Try combining any errands that you can to reduce the number of trips you make at one time. Letting your engine get cold uses more fuel so even if you can’t cut down the driving time, try and get all your driving done as close together as possible in order to help the engine stay warm.
Avoid rush hour
Stopping and starting your car a lot uses a significant amount of fuel, whereas driving steadily with less braking and accelerating is much better for fuel consumption. If you can, try to avoid driving at peak times in the day where traffic will increase your time with the engine on and the amount you stop and start.
Turn the air-conditioning off
A lot of people don’t know that using your air-con actually uses fuel, so another way to save fuel is by cutting down the time you use it. Try rolling down your windows or when the car has reached an acceptable temperature turn it down or off.
Check your tyre pressure
The lower your tyre pressure, the more fuel the car will need to get moving. Make sure your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure as indicated in your vehicles owners manual. The recommendation is to check your tyres every 2 weeks.
Make your car more aerodynamic
There are some simple ways to do make your car more aerodynamic, and these include keeping your windows closed when possible, as this allows air to flow over the body of the vehicle instead of being drawn inside and slowing the car down. You can also remove roof racks or boxes to make the car more streamlined.
Plan your journeys
Ensuring you know your route or using an up to date sat nav, will make sure that you don’t get lost and not only does it save you from spending more time driving, but it also means you will use as little fuel as possible.
Change up early
The higher the gear, the less fuel the car will use. Try and change your gears up as soon as possible and as a general guide, change up before 2000rpm in a diesel and 2500rpm in a petrol, without letting the engine struggle at low revs.
Look at the road ahead
Accelerating and braking are what uses a lot of fuel, so you want to try reducing your braking as much as possible by looking at the road ahead of you. If you see any obstacles or bends in the road ahead that will mean you will have to slow down, start taking your foot of your accelerator early so that when you are near these obstacles, you will already be slow enough to stop or go around instead of braking more harshly when you are close to them.