With the cost of petrol and diesel at a 4 year high, it’s always worth knowing how to improve your fuel economy. Here we have some tips on how to do just that!
Fuel costs are at their highest level since the Summer of 2014 and the weakening of the pound and rising costs of oil are being pinned as reasons why costs have skyrocketed. With little sign of costs coming down, all motorists can do is educate themselves on how to conserve fuel.
Just being aware of how you drive day to day, and working on how to improve that can help considerably.
Most cars today have a built-in system that measures your MPG. Just taking note of your current fuel consumption and working to lower that will help you to conserve fuel.
Think about extra weight. If you’re carrying things around with you on a daily basis that you just don’t need to, extra weight means extra fuel.
Underinflated tyres use more fuel. Check your tyre pressure regularly (once every month is recommended) to ensure your tyres are correctly inflated and save fuel.
Having your car serviced regularly will make sure it is running efficiently. If you don’t keep up with your car servicing, chances are it is using more fuel that it needs to. And make sure you’re using the correct engine oil for your car.
Accelerate gently! The harder you accelerate, the more fuel you use! Increasing your speed at a smooth level will mean better fuel consumption, and unless you have to, don’t brake harshly.
Change gear in lower revs as it is more fuel efficient to change up a gear at a lower rev. If your car is manual transmission and has a shift point on the display, take note of this and change gear when indicated.
When travelling at higher speeds, keep your windows up as wind resistance increases fuel consumption. Also, remove roof racks wherever possible.
Using your air con at lower speeds can increase your fuel consumption by up to 20%. Use it wisely and if you don’t need it, turn it off!
Why not try some of these and see if your fuel takes you that extra mile?
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