Fuel prices remain high, with unleaded petrol hitting a new record high of 191.23 pence per litre, while diesel drivers can expect an average price of 198.83 pence, a small drop from last weekend. . As fuel protests swept the country earlier this week, drivers are doing everything they can to reduce the impact fuel has on their lives.
With many livelihoods threatened by record prices, experts are urging motorists to change the way they drive.
While many of the changes may seem small, they can have a substantial impact on the amount of fuel a driver uses and their fuel efficiency.
Ian Fido, Director of Driver Training at RED driving schoollooked at how successful fuel-saving tips could be and whether drivers should adopt the techniques.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “The current fuel crisis has seen the costs of petrol and diesel skyrocket, with the price to fill up the tank of an average family car now costing around £100 and fuel prices perilously close to £2 a litre.
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“If you stay in a gear but take your foot off the accelerator, the fuel supply is cut off, which reduces fuel consumption.
“Not surprisingly, ‘good’ drivers who plan ahead, closely monitor the road to assess any developing situations and are progressive with their use of controls are also fuel-efficient drivers.
“When these tips are combined and put into practice correctly, drivers can improve their fuel efficiency with a very possible five to 20 percent improvement across the board.”
Mr. Fido suggested that drivers should look into other fuel-saving or “hypermiling” techniques to save fuel, including driving carefully.
He advised drivers to use the throttle and brake to a minimum, maximize speed and momentum gained rather than wasted, and select the right gear for whatever situation they find themselves in.
Whenever possible, decisions on the road should be considered with this in mind, but making sure they continue to drive as safely as possible.
Even something as simple as air conditioning can consume up to 10 percent of the engine’s power.
Motorists should turn off the air conditioning when not needed, instead be instructed to roll down the windows when driving at speeds below 40 mph.
As with any fuel saving tip, drivers should always remove any unnecessary weight as it can have a huge impact on fuel consumption.
Removing roof racks or bike racks improves the car’s aerodynamics and can help save a substantial amount of fuel.
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