With inflation running rampant you might like to know there are ways you can make your driving more economical. Here’s a few tips:
- Take your foot off the pedal more. A light foot spares the fuel. In order to accelerate an engine needs a richer fuel mixture. You can save a lot of fuel with a lighter approach to driving. I personally remember one car: when I drive it economically,it would do 30+mpg, when I pushed it hard, it would go down to 18mpg.
- Cut your top speed on the motorway. An awful lot more fuel gets used at 80mph compared to 70mph and I swear it makes no difference to how soon you get where you are going. 56mph is the official most economical speed.
- Get a post-2016 diesel. These cars are the only diesels allowed in ULEZs.
- Get an electric or hybrid. An obvious choice and I am sure this is something you are thinking about in the current climate. And if you get a plug-in hybrid make sure you do actually plug it in – most people do not.
- Avoid the short trips. Lots of people make short trips which all add up. If it is less than one mile consider walking or cycling instead.
- Work from home more. 2-3 days a week working from home saves a lot of fuel and time commuting. People are also 40% more efficient when they work from home.
- Take out unnecessary weight. If your boot is full of stuff, that is weight you are using fuel to transport around, lighten the load and save fuel.
- Take off roofracks when not in use. They reduce your aerodynamic efficiency and cost money to drive around with.
- Select the right gear. If you are driving in too low a gear the engine will rant and you will use more fuel than you need to. Ideally drive in as high a gear as the car will manage for ultimate efficiency.
- Aim for a steady speed. Stopping and starting uses much more fuel. Sometimes in slow-moving traffic it is worth hanging back a bit so you can simply progress at a constant speed rather than stop-start.
- Make sure you service regularly. A regularly serviced engine is more efficient.
- Check your tyre pressures. The correct tyre pressures make a big difference to the fuel efficiency of your vehicle.
Changing your driving habits and cutting out unnecessary short drives can have a big impact in your pocket especially with fuel prices as high as they currently are.