Drive more efficiently

Do you realise that just a few easy changes to the way you drive could save you up to £210 a year?

Driving more efficiently will also reduce your CO2 emissions, helping to protect the environment and stop global warming, so it’s win-win!

Take a look at the video below for more about efficient driving:

Do you realise that just a few easy changes to the way you drive could save you up to £210 a year?

Fuel efficient driving sessions

Each year we run free fuel efficient driving sessions, delivered by the Energy Saving Trust.

We’ll post details of upcoming sessions here, and you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter to find out more.

But no need to wait to start making changes! Try out the tips below.

Efficient driving tips

Before you set off

  • Keep your tyres at optimum pressure – Check your tyre pressure at least once a month and before long journeys. Under-inflated tires are dangerous and make you use more fuel as they cause drag and resistance.
  • Remove excess weight – The heavier your car is, the harder it has to work to accelerate.
  • Remove roof boxes and racks – Roof boxes make your car less aerodynamic, forcing the engine to work harder and making you use more fuel.
  • Don’t warm the engine before you travel – Engines in modern cars don’t need warming up, this just wastes fuel.

When you’re driving

  • Change up a gear as soon as possible – Changing to a higher gear between 2,000 and 2,500rpm will cut your fuel consumption.
  • Take your time – Driving at a steady speed requires little effort from your engine. For most cars the most efficient speed is 45-50mph. Driving at 50mph rather than 70mph cuts your fuel consumption by 10%.
  • Avoid coasting – With modern engines, coasting downhill or approaching a junction out of gear won’t save you fuel. It’s also dangerous as you aren’t in full control.
  • Be prepared – Anticipate road conditions to avoid unnecessary breaking and acceleration. Decelerate early when slowing down. This uses no fuel at all and is smoother on the car.
  • Switch off when stationary – Modern cars use no extra fuel when they’re restarted. Switch off your engine when you’re stuck in traffic or waiting for someone.
  • Switch off the air con – Your engine has to work harder to power the air conditioning. Open the window instead if driving at a low speed. But close your windows if you’re going at 60mph or more to reduce aerodynamic drag.

See how much you can save

Many modern cars record fuel economy (miles per gallon (MPG)). Take a note of this then see how much you can improve it using the above techniques.

If your car doesn’t record fuel economy then calculate it by making a note of the mileage every time you fill up.

This information comes from the Energy Saving Trust and AA websites.

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