Driving more efficiently

Fuel efficient driving techniques can reduce the amount of fuel you use in a journey.  By driving more efficiently you can reduce your fuel consumption by up to 15 percent and increase your miles per gallon (MPG.)  The good news is that this is not difficult to achieve and may only mean a couple of changes to the way you currently drive.

Simple tips like

Removing all the excess weight from your vehicle, such as tool boxes or things you don’t use every day, or roof boxes that create an extra drag, can reduce the amount of fuel your vehicle uses.

Shifting to a higher gear and anticipating the road conditions to avoid excessive braking can not only save money but can also save on wear and tear on your vehicle.

Reduce your normal speed - for most cars the most efficient speed is 45–50 mph. The faster you go above this, the more fuel you will use. Driving at 50mph rather than 70mph reduces your fuel consumption by 10% at a stroke.

Keep your tyres at optimum pressure - under-inflated tyres not only lead to poor road holding but also cause excessive drag and resistance, and as a result increase fuel consumption. Both over and under-inflated tyres can be dangerous to road holding, so make sure your tyres are at their recommended pressure.

Switch off air conditioning unless absolutely necessary - use air conditioning sparingly as your engine has to work harder to make the air conditioning machinery work. If driving at low speed, open the window.

Switch off rather than idling if you’re stationary for more than a minute - when stuck in traffic or simply waiting for someone, switch off your engine. Switching off in appropriate situations can soon lead to significant savings.