The constant ups and downs (more ups) in the petrol and diesel prices have been a continuous source of frustration for the motorists since ages. And it does not look like that is going to change anytime soon. Alas!
So, here are 11 simple, yet useful fuel-saving tips you can follow to help you traverse through the UK roads and motorways, stretching as many miles as possible per gallon.
1. Less is More
Less weight benefits fuel economy. Even having a tank with half of the fuel will help you make fuel savings.
2. Try to Keep it Long
Consider taking one long round trip rather than several short trips. A car engine operates more efficiently when it is warm. Several cold starts will lead to increase in fuel consumption even though the total distance travelled would remain unchanged.
3. Yes, She is High-Maintenance
An essential step that many motorists choose to ignore. It does not just benefit the fuel economy of your car, but also improves its health, significantly increasing its lifespan. Regular maintenance and servicing of components such as tyres and brake pads enhance the performance and fuel efficiency of your car.
4. Slow Speed, Maximum Gear, Optimal Fuel Economy
You can gain achieve optimal fuel economy when you drive at the low allowable speed at the highest possible gear. For example, driving a vehicle at around 50 mph on 7th gear could help you gain maximum mph. According to numerous car manufacturers, the optimal fuel economy speed is about 55 mph. However, achieving optimum fuel economy speed also depends on multiple other factors such as road condition, driving behaviour, tyre pressure, roof racks, and weight in the boot section.
5. Don’t Cruise Too Much
Cruise Control can be helpful to fuel economy when you are driving at a steady speed on a straight flat surface, a motorway for instance. However, if you use cruise control more often, and not just on flat roads, then it could degrade your car’s fuel efficiency. You may decelerate when you see a gradient change on the road, but if cruise control mode is on, it will keep the power on for a while as it will be unable to detect that gradient change in front of the vehicle on the road.
6. Keep That Momentum Constant
You may be helpless in certain situations such as traffic where you need to slow down and accelerate again and again. Unfortunately, it uses more fuel. Keeping the car moving with constant momentum benefits fuel efficiency.
7. Be Gentle to that Gas Pedal
Unless you are standing in the queue of some grand racing competition, we recommend you to be gentle on that gas pedal and accelerate smoothly. Accelerating abruptly again and again will consume more fuel.
8. No One Likes to be Overweight
Did you know that addition of 50kg of extra weight to your car increases the fuel consumption by 2%? Keep that boot as light as possible and remove unnecessary items from there.
9. ‘Drag Effect’ is No Fun
Keep windows shut, keep the roof rack empty and do not leave the roof bars on when travelling at high speeds. They create wind resistance and cause an increase in consumption of fuel through the ‘drag effect’.
10. Some Perform Better Under High-Pressure
Keep your car tyres inflated at the recommended pressure as indicated in the manufacturer manual. In case your vehicle is carrying a heavy load, inflate the tyres at maximum recommended pressure.
11. Do You Really Need that AC?
Do not use Air conditioner unnecessarily as it uses engine power and may result in increased fuel consumption.
Lastly, since we are talking about money; here is one more thing to consider. MOT rules are seriously strict now! You could face hefty fines and penalties if your vehicle does not comply with new MOT legislation. If you have an MOT test due soon, better get your vehicle at Roberts Tyres Garage in Sleaford soon. Roberts Tyres offers top-notch Mot Helpringham motorists need to easily pass the MOT test and save themselves from severe fines.
These are the simple 11 Tips we recommend following to make petrol and diesel savings! If you have more tips in mind, let us know in the comments below.