We can reduce the amount of driving we do by choosing more sustainable modes of transport whenever possible. However most people still need to drive on occasion and when we do, there are ways to help us to reduce the amount of fuel we use and improve safety.
More efficient driving can reduce our carbon footprint and result in significant cost savings – potentially between £250 and £300 per year!
Follow these tips – then check to see how much you saved!
- Switch off! Where possible, turn the engine off when you are stationary for more than a minute. Modern cars use very little extra fuel when re-started without the accelerator
- Get higher! Get into a higher gear sooner. Lower engine speeds reduce fuel consumption
- Anticipate more! Look further ahead to avoid unnecessary braking or harsh acceleration. Decelerate to slow down rather than braking whenever possible
- Reduce Speed! Avoid excess speed. Did you realise that a car will use 25% more fuel at 85 than 70mph?
- Avoid drag! Close windows when travelling at 60mph or more
- Watch your weight! Excess weight in your car will increase fuel consumption. Clear your boot of anything not needed for your journey. Remember to remove roof boxes/racks when not in use too (and these will also cause drag)
- Under pressure! Check tyres once every month and always before a long journey. Fuel consumption increases if tyres are under-inflated
- Stay Cool – but not too cool! Use air conditioning as little as possible as the engine uses additional fuel to provide power to the unit. At lower speeds open car windows as a preference
- No need for a ‘warm up.’ Modern cars do not require warming up before a journey – an idling engine is simply a waste of fuel.