With the cost of fuel remaining expensive, many drivers are looking for ways to save money regarding vehicle running costs.
Fuel consumption has a lot to do with the vehicle you buy, but whatever you drive, there are things you can do to save fuel, save money, and cut pollution.
With this in mind, Britain’s largest motoring organisation the AA have advised on some simple driving techniques drivers can adopt to help reduce fuel consumption and save money at the pump.
Top tips to help you drive more economically
Keep your driving gentle and smooth
Accelerating gently and reading the road ahead can help avoid unnecessary braking. Drivers should also decelerate smoothly by releasing the accelerator in time and leaving the car in gear.
Keep rolling instead of braking
Stopping and starting again can increase fuel consumption, so drivers should look ahead to reduce their need for braking. Slowing early for traffic lights or when approaching queues means drivers might not have to stop completely.
Use your air-con only when it’s necessary as spring turns to summer
At low speeds, air-con increases fuel consumption, but the effect is less noticeable at higher speeds. When driving slower, open the windows, and save the air-con for high-speed or motorway driving. It’s important not to leave it on constantly, but running it at least once a week helps keep the system in good condition.
Cut down on the electrics
Running electrics can be a waste of fuel. Turn off the rear window heater, demister fan, and headlights when you don’t need them, and if your car is a newer model, ensure these automatic features are switched off.
Stick to the speed limits
Fast driving is dangerous and increases fuel consumption. Drivers will see a huge difference in how long their fuel lasts when they slow down. People driving at 70mph use up to 9% more than at 60mph and up to 15% more than at 50mph.
Reduce your load and save weight
Extra weight in your car, including roof racks and boxes, can add to your fuel consumption. So pack carefully and remove anything from your vehicle you don’t need.
Nick Powell, AA Patrol of the Year, commented: “Many people are finding the cost-of-living crisis difficult, and fuel costs are hitting hard on the family budget. However, people can reduce the financial impact of fueling up by 10% per week if they adopt these simple eco–driving techniques”.
“These tips have been tested and proven by 50 AA staff a few years ago during an eco–driving trial. Participants saved an average of 10% on their weekly fuel bills when following the advice above compared to driving normally. The best saved an impressive 33%.”
“Not only will driving economically save you money, but you’ll also reduce your environmental impact by burning less fuel and producing fewer emissions.”