Fuel Saving Tips: Drivers Urged To Stop Using Brakes To Save Fuel

Experts have warned motorists that excessive braking can lead to increased fuel consumption and even car damage. Constant use of the brakes can not only wear out and damage the brake pads and rotors, it can also significantly increase a driver’s fuel bill.

Car owners who accelerate or brake harder burn much more fuel.

According to fuel-economy.co.uk, the bad habit can make vehicles use 60% more petrol or diesel.

Instead, drivers should coast to a stop rather than slam on the brakes, as it helps conserve fuel.

Motorists can also use engine braking to slow down the car.

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Those who wish to use engine braking should do so when they see traffic slow down instead of waiting until the last minute to stop.

This will give drivers adequate time to stop and respond to the changing situation.

Motoring experts added that drivers also have the advantage of being in a better position to react if something unexpected happens.

A lower gear also means drivers can slow down or speed up to avoid an emerging hazard.

Graham Conway, managing director of the UK car and van leasing website, Select car rentalHe said: “We all know how to look after our cars, checking tire pressure and tread, regular ITVs and keeping them full of fuel.

“But what a lot of people don’t realize is the damage they’re doing in everyday use. The good news is that these things are easy to correct once people realize what they’re doing wrong.”

Mr Conway added: “Watch your speed and make sure there is enough space between you and the cars ahead so you don’t have to brake as often.”

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