- Engine Oil – Make sure you use the correct specification of engine oil
- Tyre pressures – Check tyre pressures regularly and before long journeys. Under-inflated tyres create more rolling resistance and so use more fuel. Getting tyre pressures right is important for safety too.
- Lose Weight – Extra weight means extra fuel so if there’s stuff in the boot you don’t need on the journey, take it out.
- Streamline – Roof racks/boxes create extra wind resistance and so increase fuel consumption. If you don’t need it, take it off. If you do need it pack carefully to reduce extra drag.
- Easy does it – Drive smoothly, accelerate gently and read the road ahead to avoid unnecessary braking.
- Change up earlier – Change gear as soon as possible without laboring the engine, try changing up at an engine speed of around 2000 rpm in a diesel car or around 2500 rpm in a petrol car.
- Cut down on the air-con – Air conditioning increases fuel consumption at low speeds, but a higher speeds the effects are less noticeable. Don’t leave the air-con on all the time, you should run it at least once a week throughout the year to maintain the system and keep it in good condition.
- Stick to the limits – Drive at or within the speed limit. The faster you go the greater the fuel consumption. Driving at 70mph uses up to 9% more fuel than at 60mph and up to 15% more than at 50 mph
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