Fuel saving tips: ‘Key’ vehicle hacks could increase fuel economy by 17 percent

Before the pandemic in 2019, the average car was driving 7,400 miles a year, and as many returned to a “normal way of life,” they could see their mileage increase. The average diesel car in the UK gets 43 miles per gallon (MPG), while the average petrol car gets 36 MPG.

Based on July 2021 prices, someone driving an average petrol car those 7,400 miles would pay £1,010, while someone driving a diesel would pay £863.

At the end of July 2022, those same miles in the same car would cost £1,413 for a petrol driver and £1,242 for a diesel driver, an increase of £403 or £378.

While prices have continued to fall since then, the smallest changes would represent a drastic change in the amount of fuel they use.

The latest data from RAC Fuel Watch shows that leaded petrol prices are expected to continue to fall, with drivers seeing prices averaging around 167.22 pence per litre.

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Even the smallest items can increase vehicle efficiency, which means drivers will save money on fuel costs, which will start to add up over the course of a year.

Larger items will obviously have a greater impact on the vehicle’s fuel economy.

The most common items include bikes and bike racks, roof boxes and, in some cases, ladders.

Brooker concluded by saying, “Is this advice going to eliminate fuel price hikes, second-hand cars and convenient test drives?

“Not quite, no, but it’s a start. And with costs going up as they are, any savings you can find are key.”

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it says that for every 100 pounds (45 kg) removed from a vehicle, fuel economy increases by one to two percent.

While this will naturally have more of an impact on larger vehicles compared to a smaller hatchback, the benefits are available to everyone.

A large, blunt cargo box on the roof, for example, can reduce fuel economy by two to eight percent in city driving.

On motorways, this can add up to savings of between six and 17 percent.

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