How To Reduce Fuel Consumption
The price of fuel is higher than a billionaire's tax bill.
The price of fuel is higher than a billionaire's tax bill. In fact, at £1.34 per-litre for unleaded, it now costs £93.80 to fill the 70-litre tank on a new Ford Mondeo. Even the compact Ford Fiesta has a 42-litre tank, so it costs £56.28 to fill this run-around. Whatever car you own your driving style has a major impact on consumption; so the Institute of Advanced Motorists has a few tips:- Read the road ahead - try to anticipate the traffic around you, for example, at traffic lights, roundabouts and junctions. This reduces the need for hard acceleration and braking - MPG killers. Cruise control is useful and economic for smooth driving on long journeys. - Stick to the speed limit - reducing speed from 85mph to 70mph can save up to a litre of petrol every 20 miles. - Switch off the engine - if you are going to stop for some time at a level crossing or slow- changing lights. Small cars use 1.5p of petrol every minute and medium-sized cars lose petrol and money at double this rate. - Lighten the load - excess baggage or an empty roof box will increase your fuel consumption. Check that the contents of your boot are essential, and remove the roof box while not in use. - Check your tyres - under-inflated tyres will increase your fuel consumption by up to three per cent. Check tyre pressures when the tyres are cold, at least once a month. - Get trained - take advantage of an IAM eco-driving course, which will teach you the skills needed to increase your MPG.