Fuel prices might be lower compared to a few years ago. But, after the recent drop, prices are creeping up again. So, here are 9 top tips to help you reduce your fuel consumption and save money, whether your vehicle uses diesel, petrol or even electricity:
- Reduce extra wind resistance.
Although it can be a bit of a faff, removing bike racks and roof boxes each time you’ve used them will save you fuel. So even if you cycle every weekend, by spending just 5 minutes removing your racks you’ll be saving money on every journey you make during the week.
- Check your speed.
All vehicles become less fuel efficient at speeds above 55 mph. Now I’m not necessarily suggesting you drive round the M60 at 55mph, but it’s worth remembering the basic principle that the faster you drive the more fuel you use.
- Change how you drive.
Roaring off from the lights or putting the pedal to the metal will burn much more fuel than a smooth acceleration. Similarly try and maintain a constant speed rather than frequently braking and accelerating.
- Make a quick change.
An engine running at 3,000 RPM burns much more fuel than at 2,000 RPM. Vehicles these days operate much better at higher gears so there’s no need to stay in 2nd or 3rd gear for long when accelerating. Instead change up as quickly as you can to make a big difference to your fuel efficiency.
- Keep your vehicle performing at its best.
Servicing your vehicle every year or 10,000 miles makes a big difference to how smoothly and efficiently your vehicle uses fuel. If your vehicle is due a service, or you can’t remember the last time it had one, contact us to book it in.
- Don’t be idle(ing).
If you commute, or even drive around Stockport regularly, you’ll spend more time than you’d like sitting in traffic. It’s tempting just to leave the car idling while you wait to inch forward, but by doing that your fuel efficiency will be 0 miles per gallon. Today’s vehicles start and warm up fast so you can flick the engine off then on again easily and save some money.
- Pump it up.
The more of your tyre meets the road when you drive, the bigger the resistance and the more fuel you’ll use. So check your tyre pressure every month and top up when needed.
- Turn off your air conditioning and keep your windows closed.
Using your air conditioning can increase your fuel cost from 13% up to 21%, and rolling down your windows also increases wind resistance. The best option on warmer days is to use the flow-through ventilation.
- Lose some weight!
No, not you personally, but your car. When was the last time you checked your boot to see what you’re carrying around on every journey? Of course you need your spare tyre, jack and safety equipment but most of us carry a whole range of items around unnecessarily. And more weight means more fuel used.
So, those are our 9 top tips for reducing fuel consumption. Where any of them a surprise?
What would your number 10 be? Leave us a comment and let us know.