As unlikely as it seems, the Exxon Mobile petroleum company has issued guidance to motorists on how to reduce their fuel consumption.
Their tips for a greener motoring experience include:
Apply pressure: Keeping tyres inflated will improve mileage by as much as five per cent – not to mention the fact that correctly inflated tyres will save you money on replacements.
Pack light: Remove unnecessary baggage from a vehicle as for every 100lbs that a car carries, its fuel economy is cut by one-two per cent. A loaded roof rack should also be avoided, as this can decrease fuel economy by five per cent.
Avoid idling: Idling along will give you a fuel economy rating of 0mpg so try and avoid congested roads and map out a back-up route beforehand. Switch your engine off if traffic has reached a standstill.
Tune up: Get your vehicle examined before you hit the road. A car that is noticeably out of tune could be dragging fuel economy down by around four per cent.
Stick to the speed limit: For every five mph you drive over 60mph, a car’s fuel economy can be cut by seven-eight per cent. So stick to the speed limit.
TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk is most bemused by Exxon’s initiative. It remarked: “Just like cigarette companies pay for advertisements telling children not to smoke, it seems odd when a company that sells petroleum puts out a Press release highlighting ways to reduce your gas mileage.
“Yet that is the case with Exxon Mobile, which appears to be making a significant effort to enhance its green image.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office