Richard “Hamster” Hammond has been giving his Daily Mirror column readers tips on how to improve their fuel economy – and ensuring their tyres are properly inflated is right at the top.
The Top Gear presenter’s top tips to increase your mileage are:
Plan your journey. Take the most direct route and avoid rush hour. Check tyres pressure once a week. Under-inflated tyres require more effort to turn.
“Feather” the throttle as you reach cruising speed. Doing 56mph uses 25% less fuel than 70mph. But don’t coast by slipping into neutral as you won’t have good control over the car.
If you are in a jam or waiting for a level crossing to lift, switch off your engine.
If you see traffic stopping in the distance, lift off the throttle rather than drive to the queue and then brake. Reverse in when you park.
Engines use the most fuel when they’re cold so avoid lengthy manoeuvres in the morning.
Avoid using air conditioning as it’s a real fuel burner.
Change gear early – around about 2,000-2,500rpm will be ideal.
Don’t get lost! Nothing is worse for fuel economy than driving to Cheltenham when you wanted to go to Chelmsford.
Don’t carry unnecessary weight in the car as it increases fuel consumption.
Oliver Hall, Operations Team