Fuel Efficient Driving
Want to save money and be kind to environment while driving?
Follow these simple tips and you will reduce your trips to Petrol Station.
Learning to drive in an energy-efficient way helps the environment and makes financial sense, whether you use a massive off-road vehicle or an eco-friendly runner. Smart driving techniques are also safer and reduce the wear and tear on your car.
1. No warm-up required
Modern cars are designed to set off straight away, so warming your engine is needless and wastes fuel. Also if you're stuck in traffic it's best to turn your engine off completely as most modern cars are designed to use virtually no extra fuel to re-start.
2. Check your Engine revs per minute
You can be energy-efficient driver simply by keeping an eye on your engine revs counter . Change gear before your rev counter hits 2,500 rpm in a petrol car, or 2,000 rpm in a diesel.
3. Slow down and keep it smooth
The golden rule for energy-efficient driving is to stick with national speed limit. You use 25% more fuel driving at 85mph than 70mph, so take it down a notch. Driving smoothly, avoiding sharp acceleration and sharp braking, also saves fuel and is a safer way to drive.
Air conditioning can significantly increase your car's fuel consumption, try to reduce its use as much as possible. At slow speeds, it's better to drive with the windows rolled down instead of having air conditioning on.
When it's not in use, remove your roof rack, bike carrier or roof box. The air resistance caused by roof accessories tampers with your car's aerodynamics and elevates fuel consumption. Also clear your car boot out because carrying additional weight reduces your miles per gallon.
Sharing your car to work, or your child's school, saves money for all involved. You can also introduce kids to the benefits of being eco-aware as they'll enjoy the ride to school with their mates in tow.
Regular maintenance ensures that is car is running efficiently and performing well. Also check your tyre pressure regularly as driving with low tyres increases fuel consumption and tyre wear.
8.Plan Your Journey
Plan your journey well ahead, using other forms of transport for short trips if you can. Avoiding congestion and road works will also save fuel and journey will be less stressful.
9.Check Your MPG
Driving efficiency is measured by your miles per gallon (MPG). Calculate it your self and compare it with what the manufacturer has achieved on same car model.