Feb 15, 2021
How to Improve Fuel Consumption?
Across the UK, car drivers will recognise that the price of fuel is notoriously volatile with a litre fluctuating by 5p in just a month at times. This means the cost of fuel is a constant source of frustration for motorists.
However, did you know that there are ways to help you save money on filling up simply by taking on-board our tips highlighted in this article telling you how to drive more economically? These tips can help you increase that all important MPG figure.
You may already know that speed you drive at is arguably one of the most influential factors affecting your fuel consumption, but there are other things you can do to change your driving habits that will help improve fuel consumption.
Tips on improving fuel consumption for both petrol and diesel engines
Keep your car in good condition
Regular maintenance and servicing on your car ultimately helps to improve the efficiency of your vehicle and therefore, can improve fuel consumption. Other considerations are related to your tyres, keep them inflated to the correct pressure as indicated in your owner’s manual because overinflated or underinflated tyres can affect your fuel consumption.
What speed are you driving at?
As we addressed, speed is arguably one of the most important fuel wasting habits, so consider this when you’re driving and ensure all acceleration is gentle as this is also an important consideration for fuel-efficient driving. Accelerating a number of times in a journey is common, but it doesn’t mean you need to speed off every single time you’re at the lights or a junction.
Should I use cruise control?
Cruise control helps aid fuel economy but only when driving on a constant flat surface and this is why it is best for motorway driving. One of the key ways to save fuel is driving at a constant speed and cruise control can help avoid unnecessary acceleration, however, if you use cruise control regularly not on flat roads that can actually increase fuel consumption.
Lose the excess weight
If you aren’t using roof bars and roof boxes, don’t leave them on as they create wind resistance and can cause your car to use more fuel through the ‘drag’ effect and this increases the faster you drive. Driving with open windows has a similar effect. Don’t keep unnecessary items in your boot causing extra weight when they’re not being used as this can also impact fuel consumption.
Combine your journeys
Consider making one round trip than splitting it down into 5 or 7 different short trips. Once the engine is warm it will operate at its most efficient whereas starting it up cold at different times will increase fuel consumption even when the total mileage could be the same.
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