With fuel prices rising (again/constantly/inevitably), there are a few things we can all do to squeeze an extra few miles out of our fuel spend which could add up to significant savings in the long run (or several short runs depending on your driving habits)
Here are a few of them – with thanks to MoneySavingExpert.com and their sources.
Keep Your Tyres Inflated
Low tyre pressure increases drag and rolling resistance and leads to reduces fuel efficiency. So keep your tyres inflated to the correct pressures – you could improve your economy by up to 3%.
Reduce The Load
Carrying excess load means your car engine has to work harder to move the weight, which uses more fuel. An average car carrying a spare 50kg increases your fuel consumption by 2% – a smaller car by more. So check your boot and back seat, and get rid of all that stuff you’ve been carrying around unnecessarily. It’s costing you money.
Take Off The Roof Rack
A roof rack increases drag and can increase fuel consumption by up to 10%. Even an un-laden roof rack has a negative effect, so if you’re not using it for the foreseeable future, take it off, it’s costing you money.
Turn Off Your Air-Con At Low Speeds
Air-Con uses a lot of fuel, particularly when the engine is running at low speed and you’re starting and stopping frequently. so only use it if you need it. As a general rule, use air-con when you’re on the motorway (with windows up), turn off air-con and roll your windows down at low speeds (if it’s safe to do so). There’s up to 10% saving to be had here.
Don’t Fill Up Your Tank
Petrol and Diesel are heavy so filling up your tank adds an awful lot of weight to your car – and extra weight means your car has to work harder, using more fuel. However, be sensible – don’t make too many regular diversions to the petrol stations (this will use more fuel) and don’t run out of fuel by being frugal!.
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