Ultimately, fuel consumption has a lot to do with the car you drive, and way you drive it. However, there are a number of ways you can alter your driving habits that will have a big affect on the amount you spend on fuel.
In fact, a few years ago 50 AA staff took part in an eco-driving trial, where they drove normally for a week, and then another week following the AA’s eco-driving advice. While the average saving was 10% on their weekly fuel costs, some saved a massive 33%.
To help our customers save money, here are our top tips on driving economically.
- Accelerate and decelerate gently and read the road ahead to avoid braking unnecessarily. Both speeding up quickly, and harsh braking can increase fuel consumption.
- Don’t over rev. Change up a gear earlier to avoid over working the engine. New models have a gear shift indicator, otherwise change up at around 2,500 (petrol) or 2,000 rpm (diesel).
- Keep moving. Stopping and starting uses more fuel then rolling. By slowing down earlier, you may be able to keep the car moving rather than stop altogether.
- Use air-con sparingly. At lower speeds, fuel consumption increases when air-con is used.
- Reduce the used of electronics. Only use things like lights, heaters and demisters when you really need them.
- Always use the correct engine oil for your car.
- Make sure your car is serviced regularly, including fuel filters.
- Use a fuel additive, which can increase MPG.
- Check that your tyre pressure is sufficient as under inflated tyres use more fuel.
- Plan your journey. Make sure you are taking the quickest route possible, and are aware of your route to avoid getting lost.
- Don’t idle. It uses fuel, plus your engine will warm up when the car is moving anyway.
- De-ice by hand. Starting your engine in winter to de-ice uses fuel when you could do it for free!
- Save weight. Remove any unwanted items as the more weight the engine has to move, the more fuel it uses.
- Cut drag. Remove roof rack and roof boxes if they are not being used. Also only open your windows when driving if needed. The more aerodynamic your car is, the less fuel you’ll use.
Here at Just Vehicle Solutions, we have a huge range of vehicles available from super economic petrol and diesels, to hybrid and fully electric vehicles – all available on a 6-12 month short term lease. Book a call with one of our experts today to discuss your next lease vehicle.