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How To Save Fuel in 2018

Date: Mon 4th December 2017   |   Author: Nick Saunders

With the price of fuel on the rise this handy set of fuel saving tips will help make your driving more fuel efficient. So you might be asking yourself, how do I save money on petrol? We’ve created our top 10 tips for increasing your fuel economy to save you lots of money in the long run, which you can now spend on the things that you REALLY love! (not petrol). 

1. Get Rid Of Your Big Empty Roof Rack

By having a roof rack on top of the vehicle, even if empty, the drag is increased and your car uses more fuel. So, by getting rid of the big empty roof rack you’ll improve your fuel economy, helping you to spend less on the juicy expensive stuff and more on the things that matter most to you. :)

Roof-rack increasing fuel consumption

2. Turn the air-conditioning off

We all know that sometimes it can get hot and stuffy inside the car, especially in the summer months - well, if the UK even experiences a summer that is! In fact, many drivers end up leaving the air-conditioning on throughout the year just to keep the temperature comfortable inside the car. But hold on guys, this is a sure fire way to spend more money on petrol and less on doing fun things.

Over a year you could cut your fuel consumption and save a huge amount just by turning off the air conditioning throughout the winter months. Therefore, make sure to only use it throughout the warmer months when you really need it as all of those extra pennies really do add up. We could be helping you to save you some money right here!

Air con turned off to save petrol

3. Avoid driving in rush hour

We’ve all been there. Stuck in rush hour thinking why did I do this? It might not always be possible, but if you really want to know how to save fuel, you should avoid rush hour traffic. Your vehicle uses a lot of fuel when in first and second gear in order to get the car moving. If you are stopping and starting because of traffic chaos then this is going to increase the amount of fuel used in order to get you to your destination. So basically, avoid rush hour traffic at all costs and pop to the Gym or have some ZEN time. Over a year you could end up taking yourself to somewhere really nice with all that money you’ve saved. #Winning.

Rush-hour traffic increases fuel consumption

4. Making long trips

Do you find yourself making short journeys often, like popping to the shops or going to a friends house? Making frequent short journeys can really increase the fuel consumption. This is because the engine doesn’t have the chance to warm up. A useful fuel saving tip is to  combine your shorter journeys into one if possible. This way the engine in your car has the chance to warm up, meaning it will operate at its most efficient and use less fuel.

Warmed up engine lessens fuel consumption

5. Slow down

If you make long journeys on the motorway and you find yourself going over the speed limit to get there quicker you’ll increase your fuel consumption. According to the AA’s tips on how to save fuel, staying at one speed for a long period of time is best for fuel economy. Dropping from 80mph to 70mph could save you up to 25% in fuel, and if you are driving on smaller roads, slowing down from 70mph to 60mph could save another 10%.

Speed-limit

6. Turn off the engine

When you find yourself waiting when picking up a friend or sitting in standstill traffic on the way home from work, be sure to turn off your engine if it's safe to do so. This will help save fuel consumption and money. Just be sure that the location you are stopping at is safe.

7. Pushing on the accelerator

One of the most useful fuel saving tips is to adjust your driving style. If you find yourself pushing the accelerator down too far to avoid changing down gears you’re burning vital fuel. Listen to your engine and don’t be afraid to change down the gears.

8. Tyres

Making sure your tyre pressure is what the manufacturer advises can help with saving fuel. The less pressure in the tyres, the more fuel your car needs to move it along the road. It’s worth checking tyre pressure once every 2 weeks to ensure it is at the correct pressure and improve your fuel economy.

Tyre-pressure

9. Close windows

We all love the feel of a cool breeze on a hot day when we are driving and we all know how hot a car can get during the warmer seasons. Unfortunately though if you find yourself driving along the motorway with your windows and sunroof open, this will affect your vehicles aerodynamics.  An increase in drag will lead to an increase fuel consumption. To avoid this, use your air con or, in cooler weather, your air vents when driving at a higher speed.

Closed-window

10. Read the road ahead

The last of our fuel saving tips is to read the road and anticipate any need to slow down or speed up. If you’re driving through a busy town you can hit quite a few red traffic lights. Keeping tabs on the road ahead means that when approaching traffic lights, you have the opportunity to start slowing down earlier, meaning that there will be less need to stop. Stopping and starting a lot can really boost your fuel consumption.

Traffic-lights