How to save fuel: 6 ways to improve your fuel consumption
With UK petrol prices hitting their highest price on record, there’s never been a better time to look at ways in which you can make your fuel go further.
According to the latest stats, the average daily price for a litre of petrol reached 142.94p in October – which is 28p a litre more than a year ago.
While we can’t do much about the price of petrol, we can make small changes to improve our fuel economy. Check out our top tips below:
1. Don’t ignore your warning lights
Unfortunately for you and your motor, most engine management issues can affect fuel efficiency. So if a warning light appears, be sure to act on it.
We have the very latest high tech diagnostic equipment and a fully trained team of technicians. Meaning we can get straight to the fault and keep you and your motor running. Get in touch with the team to find out more.
2. Check your tyre pressure
The lower your tyre pressure is (you guessed it) the more fuel you’ll need to use to move your motor. That’s because the surface area in contact with the ground increases when a tyre is under-inflated. All of which can cause more friction on the wheel and a drain on your petrol.
To find out the recommended tyre pressure for your motor, check out your vehicle’s handbook or look inside the edge of the driver’s door.
3. Don’t carry unnecessary weight
Ever noticed how different your motor feels when you’ve got a full car? That’s because the heavier your vehicle is, the more fuel it needs to be able to move it.
We’re not saying you should only drive with one person in your vehicle – in fact we’d suggest doing the opposite. But you should consider taking out any excess baggage you are carrying. This might be odd boxes and bags you have in your boot, extra clothes and rubbish.
4. Maintain the speed limit
This is something you should be doing anyway. Not only for the safety of yourself and others, but also because of the amount of extra fuel speeding consumes.
Did you know, driving at 80mph on a motorway instead of 70mph uses up to 25% more fuel? If that’s not another reason to watch your speed, we don’t know what is.
5. Accelerate smoothly
Accelerating smoothly is one of the most fuel-efficient ways of driving.
Doing so, only releases as much fuel as the engine needs to move. Compared to constantly speeding up and down, which will deplete your fuel tank and your pocket. It can also place unnecessary strain on your motor. That’s three big no-nos from us.
6. Make round trips
If possible, try and save on the amount of trips you make in a day.
When you use your motor, it warms up and this is when your vehicle operates at its most efficient. If you’re already doing the school drop off, why not try and do all your other errands at the same time too?