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Change the way you drive

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Fuel is food for the engine, the more you make it work, the more energy it needs.


Avoid Aggressive Driving

Fast starts & harsh braking can increase your fuel consumption by as much as 40%.  Previous test show that when fast starting off and harsh braking reduces travel time by only 4% whilst because of the way the vehicle has been driven increases emissions by more than 5 times.

The main way to move away is to accelerate slowly and smoothly moving into a higher gear as quickly as possible without causes the engine to struggle. In some cases, the situation may require the driver to accelerate quickly to make progress where necessary. This generally means that choosing the correct gear (block changing) for the speed is achieve far quicker and in some cases, conserving fuel.


Avoid Idling Your Vehicle

When your car is idling (summer / winter), this is potentially wasting fuel. Consider turning off the engine when stationary for more than 30 seconds (approx). Car manufacturers have been introducing Eco Mode in most of their new cars to allow the process to happen semi automatic when the car is secure (parking status) reacting quickly allow the driver to make progress when required.  Today’s vehicles are designed to reach the optimal running temperature far quicker than the older generation of cars minimising the need to leave the engine running to warm up.


Ensure the tyres are set to the right pressure.

When tyres are properly inflated to the correct pressure, they have less contact with the road which means that there is less traction, at this point the engine does not have to work so hard to move the vehicle.  The tyre pressures are vital to prevent an increase of rolling resistance (rolling a beanbag up a hill).

Under inflated tyres can cause fuel consumption to increase by as much as 6%.  Check the tyre pressure at least every month when they are cold using a reliable pressure gauge, do not rely on a visual for this.  To ensure the correct pressure for your tyres, consult your car operator’s manual and remember to check the spare.  


Using The Right Gear

Driving in a lower gear when the engine is screaming for you to change will waste fuel as will changing up to a higher gear too soon will also make the car struggle causing it to use more fuel as it will need to work harder (particular on hills and corners). The optimal revs for the selected gear is generally around the 2000 - 2500 revs, to confirm, refer to the operator's manual.


Air Conditioning

When the air-con is switch on will increase fuel consumption as much as 10% whilst town driving.  Where possible use the natural resources to help reduce this, where the air is cool enough, use the flow-through ventilation and at low speeds, open the window.  At higher speeds, it would not be practical to have the windows down or a sun-roof open as this will cause resistance making the car work harder to maintain the speed.


Cruise Control

Whilst driving on long stretches of road (motorways, by-passes, etc.) it would be worth considering using the Cruise Control option (if fitted) to save fuel where the car will maintain a steady speed.  This efficiency is lost where the car encounters hills as the cruise control will try to maintain the specific speed and works harder.  Distance planning can help to choose the relevant method to maintain a consistency in your speed.


Service Regular

A poorly tuned car can use more fuel and produce greater emissions (dirty air filter & oil - greater resistance).


Plan Your Trip

By carefully planning your journey can help to reduce your fuel by avoiding heavy traffic, road congestion and hilly terrain (timing/direction).


Hazard Awareness & Planning Ahead

Whilst driving, by constantly scanning the road ahead, you can recognise earlier potential hazards and anticipate possible problems ahead, this way being able to take a more controlled cause of action avoiding harsh braking or acceleration.  The key is to stop accelerating well before a stop.


Timing your Traffic Lights / Roundabouts / Open Junctions

When approaching a situation which requires a change of speed, it pays to pace yourself on the approach, slowing down earlier to prevent stopping or braking harshly.  Remember...we are not out to inconvenience other road users so take this into account when slowing down.