1. Smooth and steady – one of the easiest things to do is to adopt a smooth and steady style. Don’t be heavy on the accelerator pedal, or the brake, and try to change gear early. Try to anticipate any upcoming twists in the road, lights or hazards so that you can ease off the speed without using the brakes. It’s also worth remembering that as well as being illegal, speeding uses more fuel – managing your speed is one of the easiest things you can do to help your MPG.
2. Don’t be a drag – roof and bike racks all add wind resistance which makes it more difficult for your car to cut through the air. Try to take them off when they’re not in use.
3. Lighten the load – lots of us carry junk in the trunk that we don’t need, and all that extra weight has an impact on fuel economy. Think, do you really need the snow shovel and extra pair of wellies in summer?
4. Under pressure – your tyres are a vital safety feature and making sure they’re at the right pressure can also save you money. Tyres naturally lose pressure overtime so it’s important to check them regularly, especially before a long journey. Keeping them topped up will prolong their life and improve efficiency. At the wrong pressure, they can get distorted and that uses more fuel to keep the car running smoothly. It’s also worth remembering that you often need a different pressure depending on the weight you’re carrying.
5. Stop / start - lots of new cars are fitted with stop/start technology but you need to use it to get the benefit. When you’re stopped in traffic or lights, take your foot off the clutch and the engine will stop.
6. Plan your journey - One of the easiest ways to save fuel is to plan your journeys more carefully. Try combining all of your errands into one big trip, avoid high traffic areas and busy times if possible and get the map or sat-nav out to avoid getting lost and driving further than necessary.
7. Stick to the speed limit - research shows that doing 80mph uses up to 25% more fuel than doing 70mph.
8. Read the road - Look far ahead while driving and keep moving where possible by anticipating obstacles. Easing off the accelerator and keeping momentum is better than speeding up, braking and then starting all over again.
9. Turn off the tech - Air-conditioning can put a strain on the engine and increase fuel consumption, especially at low speeds. So, unless it’s very cold or uncomfortably warm in the car, it’s better to leave the air-con turned off and roll down the windows for those shorter and slower journeys. This also applies to heated windscreens, de-misters and other electrical gadgets in your vehicle.
10. Only top up your tank with as much fuel as you need – It can be annoying to regularly have to top your fuel tank up… but it does actually help you get more miles for your money! By only topping up with you need on your journey and avoiding having a full tank means your fuel you do have will go slightly further.