Fuel Saving Tips: Drivers Urged To Use A Little-Known Car Feature To Reduce Fuel Usage

According to RAC Fuel Watch, drivers now face costs of 169.33 pence per liter for unleaded petrol and 183.49 pence per liter for diesel. While prices had been falling almost steadily for several weeks, pump prices are now beginning to plateau.

The RAC called out major retailers who were giving drivers a “raw deal” at the pump.

He added that the average cost of petrol should be “at least” 10 pence lower, around 161 pence per litre.

With the uncertainty surrounding gasoline and diesel prices, many drivers have turned to the use of fuel saving techniques.

Motorists are warned that they can save fuel when driving by using a little-known car feature.

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Most cars with ISA technology allow the driver to turn it off, although this can result in higher fuel consumption.

The RAC said that driving at a constant speed is crucial when it comes to reducing fuel consumption.

The motoring organization said the “biggest secret” to achieving high mpg is to drive in the highest gear possible for the vehicle while staying within the speed limit.

The best advice in urban areas is to change gear as quickly as possible with the lowest possible revs, probably around 2000 rpm.

Drivers are reminded that the faster an engine turns, the more fuel it uses.

Optimum fuel economy is different for every car, but over the years 56 mph has been talked about as the best speed.

This was because the old fuel economy test was run at three speeds: urban, 56mph and 75mph, with 56mph always being, unsurprisingly, the most efficient of these.

Cars are generally most efficient between 45 and 50 mph.

The fuel economy of these vehicles also depends on other factors, including the weight of the car and driving conditions.

From July, any new car sold in the European Union must be equipped with ISA systems.

It was believed that the UK would follow suit by implementing the changes, but the Department for Transport confirmed that no decision had yet been made.

Speaking previously to Express.co.uk, a DfT spokesman said: “The European package of measures known as the General Safety Regulations will not come into force from July in Britain.

“A decision has not yet been made on which elements of the package will be implemented in Britain.”

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