Due to the widely covered debate still raging on surrounding the pros and cons of diesel vs petrol, the efficiency of fuel overall is becoming an even more influencing factor for drivers when choosing their next car.
My Car Credit offer five useful tips to help drive you towards getting more out of your fuel:
You can reduce fuel consumption by removing any excess weight to your car.
Excess weight can include roof racks, heavy items in your boot and general waste in your car.
According to research, losing 100 pounds (45 kg) will improve your fuel economy by approximately 2%. In fact the push to make cars lighter is playing a leading role in improving fuel economy in new cars.
Don’t be too heavy footed
As the saying goes “putting the pedal to the metal” tends to waste fuel because the harder you accelerate, the more fuel is used -press the accelerator gently. A good rule of thumb for optimal fuel efficient driving is to take about five seconds to accelerate your vehicle up to 15 miles per hour from a stop.
Unnecessary use of air conditioning and having the windows down
When you turn the Air Conditioning on in your car, it uses energy supplied to it from the engine. The engine is using the fuel in your tank, which is why you may see a reduction in your fuel consumption if you are using your air conditioning regularly.
Research suggests that dependent on your speed, having air conditioning on at a medium level can reduce the fuel efficiency of a car by up to 10%.
When driving at slower speeds, the small yet continuous effect of having the air conditioning on can make the car’s engine ‘work harder’ resulting in more fuel being used.
Having your windows down can create a ‘drag’ effect within your car by letting air in. This effect uses more energy as it needs to overcome the wind resistance.
Check your tyre pressures
The RAC claims that tyres affect approximately 20% of your overall fuel efficiency. If a tyre is over or under inflated by one bar, it can increase fuel consumption by 3-5%. This may seem a small amount, but if you consider that the average driver spends approximately £2,250 a year on fuel, you could be spending anything from £70-£115 a year extra just because your tyres are slightly under inflated.
According to the Vehicle Certification Agency, sticking to speed limits helps save fuel. Driving at slower speeds also gives you time to anticipate traffic ahead, helping you drive more smoothly. Where it is appropriate, driving at a steady speed of 50 miles per hour (mph) instead of 70 mph can improve your fuel economy by up to 25%.
If you have got a car that was manufactured in the last few years, you can find out the fuel consumption figures using this handy, free tool .
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