With fuel prices reaching record heights, a Sunday Mirror reader asked leading motoring columnist Quentin Willson how he could conserve fuel.
Not surprisingly, Quentin explained that energy saving tyres will help to drive down motoring costs, along with following a few other simple steps.
Paul from Kettering asked: “I own a 2004 Vauxhall Omega 2.2DTi, and want to save fuel. I drive as slowly as I can – what else can I do?”
Quentin replied: “Michelin Energy Saver tyres will decrease resistance, synthetic oil will reduce friction and Shell FuelSave Diesel has an economy formulation. Engine chipping could get 5mpg more.”
Making sure your tyres are properly inflated can also help reduce your fuel bills. Under inflated tyres cause higher fuel consumption as the tyres have an increased rolling resistance, which means that the engine has to work harder and more fuel is used, making the car less economical.
So just follow these simple steps to start saving fuel – and cash.
* Pressures should be checked against the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended level. This can be found in the vehicle handbook and on a plate which is often located inside the fuel filler flap or on the driver’s door sill.
* Check the pressure when tyres are cold (i.e. when you have travelled less than two miles).
* If you are carrying a full load of passengers or luggage or will be towing a trailer or caravan, tyre pressures should be increased in line with the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations. Details can be found in the vehicle handbook.
* Ensure a reliable and accurate pressure gauge is used.
* Check the pressure in all four tyres not forgetting to check the spare tyre as well.
* While checking pressures, give the rest of the tyre a visual inspection. Remove any stones and other objects embedded in the tread. Look out for any bulges, lumps or cuts.
Denna Bowman, Head Office