Saving Money on Fuel - Top Tips
by Henry Floyd |
posted 12 June 2017
Petrol prices have been low for a while now. But with a little thought, there is still more money to be saved on fuel bills. Here are some tips on saving fuel, from IAM RoadSmart’s head of driving and riding standards Richard Gladman.
Try to keep your driving smooth. Gentle acceleration and using the highest safe gear will use less fuel. Ease off the accelerator as you approach traffic lights on red, why hurry up to wait.
Try to avoid driving during the rush hour. Stopping and starting in traffic needs the use of the first gear and a lot fuel is dispensed to get the vehicle moving again. Keep your tyres well maintained at the correct pressures. Also, when they are due for replacement, consider brands which are designed for extra economy.
Get rid of unnecessary weight. Cars work just like the human body, your body needs more energy to more around more weight and so does your car, take heavy items out of the car if you don’t need to carry them. A roof rack or roof box will increase drag and you will use more fuel to overcome this remove it if it is not being used. Turn off the air-conditioning. In summertime heat, it will be working overtime and using extra fuel.
Keep your speed low. It sounds pretty standard but driving faster uses more fuel. Try pressing more lightly on the accelerator, often you can maintain the same speed with less pressure on the pedal and keep the speed down and you can reduce fuel consumption by up to 25 per cent.
“Fuel is expensive and burning fuel is bad for the environment,” said Richard. “Just a few small changes in the way we prepare our vehicles and plan our journeys can make a big difference in our fuel consumption. Remember that safety and fuel saving can be complementary if we drive effectively.”