Fuel consumption has a lot to do with the car you buy, but whatever you drive there are things you can do to save fuel, save money and cut pollution.
- Get your car serviced regularly for best efficiency
- Always use the right specification of engine oil (check your handbook)
- Check your tyre pressures regularly and before long journeys – under-inflated tyres will make your car use more fuel
- Smooth and gentle – drive smoothly, accelerate gently and read the road ahead to avoid braking unnecessarily. Decelerate smoothly by releasing the accelerator in time, leaving the car in gear.
Keep rolling – stopping then starting again uses more fuel than rolling. Slow early for traffic lights or approaching a queue and you might not have to stop completely.
- Change up earlier – don’t labour the engine but try changing up at an engine speed of around 2,000 rpm (diesel) or 2,500 (petrol). Since 2014 new car models have been fitted with a gear shift indicator to encourage use of the most efficient gear.
- Use your air-con wisely – at low speeds, air-con increases fuel consumption but at higher speeds the effect is less noticeable. Try opening the windows around town and save the air-con for high speed driving. Don’t leave it on all the time but running it at least once a week helps keep the system in good condition.
- Cut down on the electrics – turn off your rear window heater, demister fan and headlights when you don’t need them.