Aside from recent fluctuations, the fuel costs have risen sharply over recent years, and with forecasted shortages predicted within only 50 years, it seems that this is only a taste of things to come. But fear not! You may not be able to control petrol prices, but you can change your driving habits and follow some basic guidelines to help you save as much as possible.

Top tips for lowering your Fuel Costs
1. Avoid High Speeds
As your speed increases, your aerodynamic drag increases – meaning the engine labours more and consumes more fuel. Driving at 62 mph vs 75 mph will reduce fuel consumption by approximately 15%.
2. Do Not Accelerate or Brake Hard
By anticipating the traffic and applying slow steady acceleration and braking, fuel economy may increase by as much as 20%.
3. Keep Tires Properly Inflated
Keep tyre air levels at the recommended pressure (see your vehicle’s manufacturer booklet). A single tyre, under-inflated by 2 PSI, increases fuel consumption by 1%.
4. Refrain from using Air Conditioning
When the air conditioning system is on, it puts further pressure on the engine, requiring more fuel to be used (by about 20%). The defrost position on most vehicles also uses the air conditioner. N.B Your hot air system is necessary to properly clear your frozen windscreens, do not neglect to do this to save fuel – SAFETY FIRST.
5. Keep Windows Closed
Windows open, especially at high speeds, increase drag and result in increased fuel consumption of up to 10%.
6. Service Vehicle Regularly
Proper maintenance, such as clearing air filters, low fluid levels, etc. avoids wear and tear on the engine and ensures it works more efficiently.
7. Use Cruise Control
Maintaining a constant speed over long distances will saves petrol, if you have a cruise control option – use it.
8. Avoid Heavy Loads
It goes without saying that, the heavier your car, the more fuel it will consume. Only packing what you require into your car will ensure you’re not wasting fuel unnecessarily
9. Avoid Idling
If you anticipate being stopped for more than 1 minute, shut off the car. Restarting the car uses less fuel than letting it idle.
10. Purchase a Fuel Efficient Vehicle

When buying a new vehicle examine the vehicle’s rated fuel efficiency. The smaller the car, the greater the fuel economy. Also remember, newer, more fuel efficient cars will save you money on your Road Tax as well!

Further Information

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