10 Tips to Maximise Fuel Efficiency

1. Use Eco Mode

2. Correct Pressure In Tyres

Keep your car well maintained and serviced regularly. Pump up your tyres to reduce resistance and get the car serviced regularly.

3. Reduce Excess Weight

Remove excess weight. Take unnecessary bulky items out of the car, such as that shovel you put in the boot to clear snow in winter. Also, if the kids are staying at home, so can their buggy.

4.Reduce Heater or Air Con Usage

Unless it’s really cold or uncomfortably warm in the car, leave the air-con turned off. Using it can put a strain on the engine and burn more fuel, especially at low speeds. The same goes for heated windscreens, demisters and other electrical appliances.

5.Reduce Drag

Remove external carrying kit such as roof boxes or bike racks whenever they aren’t being used. The car has to work harder to cut through the air due to the extra wind resistance such items create.

6.Close Windows And Sunroof

7.Reduce Speed

Stick to the speed limits. What Car? research shows that doing 80mph uses up to 25% more fuel than doing 70mph.

8. Read The Road

Look far ahead while driving and keep moving where possible by anticipating obstacles. Easing off the throttle and keeping momentum is better than speeding up, braking and then starting all over again.

9.Use Gravity

Use gravity to your advantage and build up momentum when going downhill to help you then get uphill, rather than accelerating more to get up the incline. The best way to do this is to read the road as if you were on a pushbike and accelerate accordingly.

10. Use engine stop/start

Sit with your foot on the pedal in traffic and the engine will continue to burn fuel; take it off and you’ll save money and fuel.

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