Making a few small changes to the way you drive could improve your MPG by up to 15%, which would equate to fuel savings of the up to £230 and a reduction on carbon dioxide of 400kg CO2 a year.
Follow these Smart Driving tips:
- Switch off your engine when stationary. Many newer cars automatically turn off when stationary in neutral. If yours doesn’t, turn off your engine when you’ve stopped for a minute or so to save fuel.
- Driving at lower revs reduces fuel consumption so change up a gear at around 2,000 RPM.
- Drive smoothly by assessing the road ahead as far as possible to avoid unnecessary braking and acceleration, which increases the amount of fuel you use.
- Fuel consumption increases the faster you drive, so keep speeds reasonable. The harder you press the accelerator pedal, the faster your wallet empties.
- If you are travelling at low speed opening the windows is more efficient than using air-conditioning, but when travelling at 60 mph or above, closing the windows and using the air con will save you more.
- Under-inflated tyres increase your fuel consumption and can be dangerous, so check them regularly and before long journeys.
- Roof racks and roof boxes increase drag and so increase your fuel consumption, so remove when not required.
- Lighten your load by removing excess items from your car before travelling to reduce weight.
- Always use the oil recommended by the car’s manufacturer as too thick a grade of oil increases engine resistance, and with it MPG.
- Look into a car sharing pool if neighbours are making the same journey.
- Think about walking for short trips, it’s also healthier.