If you’ve ever experienced that sinking feeling when you look at your fuel gauge only to find that the tank needs to be replenished again (you only filled it up a couple of days ago!) You’ll know how frustrating it can be. Neither petrol nor diesel fuel is cheap, and unless you happen to be driving around in a car powered by electricity (we’re still some way off that becoming the norm) The art of economical driving is a vital life skill that must be learnt.
In this blog, we’ve decided to put together a short guide to driving in a way that will ensure your fuel consumption is as efficient as possible.
You’ll be amazed by how easy it is!
Keep your car maintained
It’s often the hidden things that make a car drink more fuel than necessary. If it hasn’t been serviced regularly, for instance, there may be old parts and fluids that are having a significantly detrimental effect on its fuel efficiency. Make sure you treat your car to services at the intervals recommended by the manufacturer, and if you ever think something is amiss, get it booked into a reputable garage, pronto.
Use the correct engine oil
The wrong type of engine oil could both impact the amount of fuel your car uses and may even damage the engine itself. Therefore, whenever you need to top up, always use the best quality oil at the grade recommended by the manufacturer.
Check tyre pressure – regularly
This is one of those jobs far too many people neglect, but it’s entirely worth the effort.
Under-inflated tyres will make your car drink more petrol – it’s that simple. Make sure you check them every week to ensure they are at the recommended pressure level. If you’re about to embark on a long journey, always check your tyre pressures before setting off, and increase them based on the load, if recommended by the manufacturer.
Don’t add unnecessary weight
The heavier your car, the harder it has to work to transport you down the road, therefore if you have left something particularly heavy in the boot for the last few weeks, take it out and give the car (and your wallet) a break!
And finally: adjust your driving technique
We’ll finish here because one of the most effective things you can do to reduce fuel consumption is changing the way you drive. Practice the following as much as possible:
Use higher gears
Work your way through the gears as quickly as the engine allows. The higher the gear, the lower the engine’s revolutions per minute (RPM), and, consequently, the less fuel it requires.
Remove your lead foot
The more you mash your foot into the pedal and risk breaking speed limits, the more petrol you’ll use. Modulate your speed with small, precise pushes of that pedal; you’ll still get to where you’re going and do so safely as a result.
Reduce the amount of braking.
You wouldn’t think breaking has an impact on fuel consumption, but it really does. Rather than braking hard at every opportunity, reduce your speed by slowing down gently and in a controlled manner – it’s far better to gently cruise up to red lights than brake suddenly at the last minute.
Enjoy driving! It should be a pleasurable experience, and if you follow our tips above, not only will your fuel efficiency increase, you’ll also feel more relaxed behind the wheel and be fully refreshed whenever you reach your destination.