Helpful tips to keep on top of your outgoings at the petrol pump.
How are your New Years resolutions going? A lot of us will have had ‘save more money’ high on the agenda this year, with the cost of living going up, house prices soaring and Brexit is keeping us all on our toes.
Luckily, the Institute of Advanced Motorists has come to the rescue with some handy tips to keep your fuel bill as low as possible.
- Start steady cruising. Progressive and reserved acceleration in the highest gear possible will use less fuel. Keep an eye on the road ahead and let off the accelerator when you see traffic approaching.
- Do as little rush hour driving as possible. It is no secret that stop-start driving is the worst for fuel consumption.
- Shed some pounds. No, not you, the car. Get rid of a roof rack, roof box, anything heavy in the boot. The more your car weighs, the more effort the engine needs to get it moving.
- Check tyre pressure. You’ll be surprised to know just how unbalanced tyre pressures affects fuel consumption. Similarly, make sure your tyres have got plenty of life left, and if not, why not go for some eco-tyres?
- Try not to waste time on short journeys. It can take up to 4 miles for an engine to get up to temperature, and in these 4 miles the car is less efficient and more polluting. Where possible, why not walk?
- Careful with the electrics. Air Conditioning and the rear screen heater are necessary, but switch them off once they’ve done their job.
- Lastly, watch your speed. Having a heavy right foot can use up to 25 percent more fuel. Stay sensible, stay within the speed limits and leave yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.
Richard Gladman, head of driving and riding standards for IAM RoadSmart, said: “Fuel is expensive and burning fuel is bad for the environment, a few small changes in the way we prepare our vehicles and plan our journeys can make a big difference in our fuel consumption. Sound observation and planning on our necessary journeys will help. Remember that safety and fuel saving can be complementary if we drive effectively.”