WWith petrol prices topping £2 a liter at pumps across the UK, getting the most out of the fuel you put in your tank is more important than ever. Here are some tips that could literally help your money go further.
Driving fast uses more fuel. According to the RAC, although there is no optimal driving speed for fuel economy, generally “cars are most fuel efficient between 45 and 50 mph,” that is, below the speed limit on open roads and highways. . On a motorway, driving 80 mph instead of 70 mph is not only illegal, it’s also going to cost you: Department of Transportation figures show you can use up to 25% more fuel.
You’ll get the most miles per gallon if you prep when you can: The Energy Saving Trust recommends that you switch early,”usually around 2,000 rpm”.
Smooth driving saves more fuel than sudden acceleration and braking, so try to anticipate stops and take your foot off the gas. In March, Kevin Booker, a “hypermiler” who holds a world record for energy-efficient driving, told Guardian readers: “Read the road ahead for traffic lights and roundabouts, so you always keep moving. If there’s a green light a fair distance away, there’s a good chance it’ll be red when you get to it. It’s about rhythm, so you get there when it’s green. With roundabouts, pull into them instead of stopping.”
Empty the trunk of unnecessary clutter and remove the roof box if you’re not using it; any extra weight means you need extra fuel to move the car. Some reviews of roof boxes have suggested they can increase the amount of gas you use by 50%, but other tests have shown found negligible difference. Road conditions and the shape of your roof box will play a big role in fuel usage.
Use a satnav to find the shortest or cheapest route. google maps has been unfolding eco-friendly routing where, in addition to showing the fastest route, it will also show the most fuel efficient (if not also the fastest) route. TomTom offers the same option. Whenever possible, combine trips instead of taking several separate trips.
Get an idea of when and where you’re using the most gas by using an app to track your usage. fuelio is an option: you can enter details of when you fill up and record your mileage and get statistics on your fuel economy.
Letting the pressure drop on your tires will mean you need to use more fuel, so keep them properly inflated to reduce consumption. The RAC summons experts As if to say that properly inflated tires can improve your mileage out of fuel by up to 3%. But don’t be tempted to over-inflate them, as that can lead to loss of control – stick to the recommended pressure for your vehicle.
On short trips on urban highways, opening the windows will save more fuel than turning on the air conditioning. On long highway trips, tests generally show that the air conditioner becomes more efficient, but opening the windows when you first start up to let out the hot air in the car will save you paying to cool it down. After that, don’t drive with the air conditioning on and the windows open at the same time, you’re just wasting money.
You may have done this in the past, but shifting the car out of gear to roll downhill is a reckless way to try to save fuel. It can be dangerous, because you can’t react to other traffic as quickly, and with today’s vehicles it’s likely to cost you fuel rather than save it.
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