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5 Fuel Efficient Driving Techniques

Did you know that making a few simple changes to the way you drive could lower your fuel bill? The following tips will help you save money at the pump:

1. Car maintenance

Maintaining a car properly is essential for its long-term performance. Even if you aren’t a mechanic, setting the correct tyre pressures can make a big difference to fuel economy. Make sure you have your car serviced on schedule and that you regularly change your engine oil and inflate your tyres to ensure everything is running smoothly.

2. Monitor your speed

The key to achieving high fuel economy is to drive smoothly and gently. You should look as far ahead as possible so you can read the road and avoid unnecessary braking. Fuel is wasted if you have to brake after accelerating. Using cruise control on motorways helps lessen fuel consumption too.

3. Accelerate and decelerate smoothly

The key to achieThey have a heavy right foot was is a way to describe a someone who may drive quickly. When at traffic lights don’t hit the accelerator to get up to speed to quickly this uses much more fuel than needed. Don’t have a heavy right foot. Ensure that you reach the desired speed quickly and smoothly, so as not to frustrate those behind you. It’s also a good idea not to wait until the last minute to come to a stop. Let off the accelerator and brake gently until you come to a stop. If you come to a speed bump, don’t accelerate quickly and then slam on the brakes.

4. Reduce the Drag

In order to improve both performance and fuel efficiency, car makers strive to ensure their vehicles are aerodynamic and slip through the air as efficiently as possible. When we add bike racks, roof boxes or drive with the windows and sunroof open all the time, we undo all those efficiencies. What we put on the top and the back of the car can affect the vehicle aerodynamics and as a result, negatively affect the fuel consumption of the car. You should remove external racks and bicycle carriers when you are not using them and keep it’s also a good idea to keep windows and sunroof closed when the driving on the motorway.

5. What about going hybrid?

If you don’t wish to go fully electric, consider a hybrid vehicle as an option. In hybrid cars, you reduce your fuel costs by using either electric power for part or all of your journey, or simply relying on an electric motor to reduce the workload on your engine.

Following all of the above tips could have a significant impact on your fuel consumption, and more importantly, your fuel bills. Don’t just save money on fuel, give us a call 0818 800222 or Request a Callback to speak to one of our team on how you can save money on your Car Insurance too.

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