How to drive more fuel-efficiently

October 5, 2015
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How to drive more fuel-efficiently

The amount of fuel your car uses has a lot to do with the make and model you’ve chosen, but this isn’t the only thing that can affect fuel usage. There are a few handy tips and tricks you can apply to the way you drive to help cut down on energy use and CO2 emissions, as well as saving you money. The Linlithgow Gazette says that transport is the second-biggest expense for most households, so any opportunity to save money has to be a good thing.

Cutting down

The Gazette article talks about a number of ways people can help to cut down on the amount of fuel they’re using, including switching off the engine when stuck in a traffic jam, instead of leaving the engine idling, and trying to drive at lower revs. They also recommend that if you’re travelling somewhere new make sure you plan your route, such as with a mapping app or a SatNav, to avoid getting lost and wasting extra fuel.

Driving smoothly is generally best for your overall fuel consumption. Stick to safe, lower speeds to help cut the amount of fuel you’re using and make sure to be aware of the road ahead of you as much as possible. According to the AA’s guide on eco-driving this can help you to drive smoothly and stop you having to brake or accelerate unnecessarily, which increases the amount of fuel you use and can put you in danger.

Added extras

It’s also a good idea to think about the added extras that can affect the amount of fuel your car is using, such as air con. However, the AA says that the effects of air con are less noticeable at higher speeds, so save the air con for when you’re going to be driving faster rather than for a slow trip around town. Other electrical items like heated rear windscreens and demisters can also drain your fuel tank, so make sure you only switch them on when necessary.

Many newer cars have lots of energy-saving features already included, such as automatically switching off the engine when the car is stationary or in neutral. When you’re next in the market to chip your current car in for a new model take a look at choosing a hybrid or electric car for even more environmentally-friendly perks. How about leaving the car at home sometimes so you could walk or cycle somewhere instead, or if you take regular journeys, such as to work, you could arrange to carpool with some colleagues to reduce the number of cars on the road.

Read this article on our sister site, insurethebox, to learn more about how to drive economically to help reduce fuel costs.

Let us know your favourite fuel-saving tips in the comments section below, we’d love to hear them!