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With energy prices and supplies fluctuating wildly around the world I thought it would be a good idea to include some easy ways to help reduce fuel consumption in cars.  If you take some of these on board it could not only help your wallet but also the environment.  A win - win situation.

1: Check tyre (tire) pressure every week. Incorrect tyre pressure puts more strain on the engine and burns more fuel e.g. if your tyres are too soft this can increase fuel consumption by 2%.

2: Remove any unnecessary weight from your car as increased weight equals increased petrol consumption. This also applies when filling up. If you fill the tank completely this increases the payload and also the amount of fuel used.

3: Remove roof racks etc., unless absolutely necessary as the drag these cause increases fuel usage. Other things to consider are open windows and sunroofs - if these are open the vehicle is less aerodynamic. This can increase fuel consumption by up to 30%.

car with huge item on roof rack


man hanging onto steering wheel of red sports car 4: Drive smoothly. Avoid sharp braking and acceleration and keep to a steady speed; believe it or not this can save as much as 30% on fuel costs although, of course, this is dependent on your usual type of driving. Slowing by 10 mph can save approximately 40p. on fuel every 10 miles (at UK prices)

5: Avoid long idles. Don’t leave your engine running in order to warm it up; just drive a little more gently for the first few minutes of driving instead. On a completely different note; leaving your keys in the ignition whilst the car is unoccupied leaves it open to theft so this is another good reason for not warming your car up.

6: Try to minimize short journeys as these are costly on fuel.

7: Switch off your air conditioning this is heavy on fuel.

8: If you vehicle is fitted with ‘cruise control’ use it on long journeys.

9: Change gear efficiently at the optimum speed.

10: Dirty air filters can reduce fuel economy; they should be replaced regularly. The car should also be serviced regularly.

This page on top fuel saving tips somehow just doesn't seem complete without the top free resource www.petrolprices.com.

Ewan Kennedy


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