Fuel Saving Tips: Drivers Urged to Follow Key Steps to Increase Car Fuel Efficiency

Even though fuel prices are slowly coming down, they are still high. The latest RAC Fuel Watch indicates that motorists will have to pay 173.46 pence per liter for unleaded petrol and 184.21 pence per liter for diesel on average.

With that in mind, experts in Insurance Plan A have put together 10 key steps drivers need to take if they want to save money on fuel.

These are:

1. Watch your speed to reduce fuel consumption

The RAC says that driving 45 to 50 mph is the most fuel-efficient speed, not the ’56 mph myth’ that many have adhered to.

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The drag of carrying extra weight reduces your car’s fuel efficiency, so remove any unnecessary items from the trunk and remove the bike rack or roof rack when you don’t need it. A heavier car needs more fuel to keep moving.

5. Use the air conditioner less often to reduce fuel consumption

Using air conditioning can increase fuel consumption by about 10 percent according to the AA. Opening the windows (or lowering the top) is a cheaper option.

6. Take care of your tires to reduce fuel consumption

Check your tire pressure at least once a month. Under-inflated tires burn more fuel. If the tires are eight pounds under-inflated (a common condition), the rolling resistance of the tires increases by five percent.

7. Regular services will help reduce fuel consumption

Keep everything in optimal conditions of efficiency. Replace oil, air, and fuel filters at recommended intervals.

8. Avoid short trips to reduce fuel consumption

If you’re taking short trips, it’s even more important to turn off the air conditioning, as it will use most of its energy for initial cooling.

9. Avoid traffic hotspots to reduce fuel consumption

Idling consumes about 0.6 liters of fuel per hour. A vehicle with a stop/start engine is recommended if you find yourself frequently stuck in traffic jams. Google Maps can save fuel by pinpointing routes that are congested and offering alternatives that keep you moving.

10. Upgrade your car to reduce fuel consumption

While we’re focused on saving money and realize a new car isn’t an option for many right now, some may be in a position to upgrade their vehicle. With the cost of fuel rising, investing in a newer car will immediately save you a fortune on fuel, as well as lower your road tax.

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