Motoring experts insisted that motorists carry out simple but necessary checks to make their cars as fuel efficient as possible. These range from checking tire pressure to knowing the miles per gallon (MPG) of the car.
With fuel prices showing few signs of falling, drivers will be glad to know that simple steps can make a big difference.
According to the latest RAC Fuel Watch, the price of unleaded petrol stands at 189.46p a liter on average, while diesel stands at 197.52p.
And, to help motorists through the raging crisis, the auto experts at zuto have compiled a list of simple and “key” tricks to save fuel.
There are many ways motorists can save more fuel, from removing excess weight in the car to avoiding excessive use of air conditioning.
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The lighter the car, the cheaper it is to drive, experts noted.
They continued: “Whether it’s smaller items you keep in your car, like child seats, or larger external items, like a roof box or bike rack, if you don’t use them for your trip, make sure you store them until I need them again.”
In addition, motorists have been urged to consider the road tax on their vehicle.
With car tax rates rising in April as vehicle excise taxes (VEDs) rise, drivers could be paying more than they need to.
“So if you find yourself in an expensive segment, consider upgrading to one with a lower emissions rating to save money in the long run,” Zuro experts said.
Many easily accessible cars have a road tax of less than £50 a year due to their lower emission rate, such as the Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus.
Experts also stressed that drivers should only use air conditioning when absolutely necessary.
Using the air conditioning when it is not needed can overload the engine and cause it to consume more fuel, especially when traveling at low speeds.
Lastly, motorists were urged to drive smoothly and shift gears as smoothly as possible.
Experts said: “When driving, try to avoid rapid acceleration and slamming on the brakes, both of which can significantly affect your fuel economy. Instead, aim for both accelerating and braking slowly.”
They added: “For manual drivers when changing gear, try to change gear as smoothly and as early as possible to avoid revving the engine.
“This will help not overload the engine and make it consume more fuel.”
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