Auto Express have come up with 10 tips – including making sure your tyres are properly inflated – which could help you save pounds at the pump.
We’re sure they won’t mind us passing them on to our tyres customers!
1 – Think aerodynamic
Remove roof racks, bike carriers or roof boxes when not in use ensuring your car slips through the air with the minimum of fuss.
2 – Keep it clean
Give your car’s interior a thorough clean out, removing unnecessary junk that adds weight and forces your engine to work harder.
3 – Check your tyres
As well as increasing the risk of a blow-out, under-inflated tyres can increase fuel consumption by three percent.
4 – Use air conditioning sparingly
Air conditioning can cost you up to three miles per gallon, so only use it when necessary. Keep windows up too, as open windows cause extra drag.
5 – Keep revs down
Change gear earlier, at around 2,500rpm for a petrol-engine or 2,000rpm for a diesel, to avoid using unnecessary fuel.
6 – Switch off in traffic
At a standstill in a jam? Switch off your engine, allowing you to save fuel and cut pollutants you then have to breathe in.
7 – Alternative transport
Do you have to take the car? Public transport, cycling or even walking might be quicker and easier than taking the car at all.
8 – Plan your route
Make sure you know where you’re going and avoid traffic and roadworks. Sat-navs can help, especially those with an eco driving option.
9 – Read the road
Anticipate what’s coming so you avoid accelerating and braking sharply, wasting momentum and fuel. If you have cruise control, use it.
10 – Avoid short journeys
A car’s engine uses more fuel and emits more pollutants when it’s warming up, so go green and walk or cycle instead.
Denna Bowman, Head Office