By driving smarter the average UK driver could save between £300 and £350 each year. With fuel prices continuing to rise, now is an excellent time to adopt some money saving driving skills.
Switch it off
If it is safe to do so, turn off your engine when stationary for more than a minute or two. Modern cars use virtually no extra fuel when they’re re-started without pressing the accelerator so you won’t waste lots of fuel turning the car back on.
Anticipate the road as far ahead as possible to avoid unnecessary braking and acceleration. Decelerate early when slowing down.
Close windows if travelling at 60mph+
The aerodynamic drag on your car of an open window at speeds of 60mph or more adds to your fuel usage.
Use higher gears
Driving at lower engine speeds reduces fuel consumption. Change up a gear between 2000 and 2500 revolutions per minute (rpm).
Avoid excessive speeds when possible. Driving at 85mph uses approximately 25% more fuel than 70mph.
Check tyre pressure frequently
At least once a month and before long journeys. Under-inflated tyres are not only dangerous but also increase your fuel consumption. While checking tyre pressure, it is also advisable to check the depth of the tyre tread to ensure they are legally compliant.
Use air conditioning sparingly as your engine has to work harder to power the air conditioning system. If driving at low speed, open the window instead.
Lighten your load
Carrying excess weight in a vehicle increases fuel consumption as your car has to work harder to accelerate. Remove heavy objects and clear your boot of unnecessary items, so you can travel as lightly as possible.
Remove roof boxes and racks if not being used
Remove roof boxes and racks if not being used. Car designers strive to make their vehicles as aerodynamic as possible, adding a roof box or rack spoils this by increasing drag on your car, making your engine work harder and increasing fuel usage, particularly at high speeds.