With fuel prices becoming forever uncertain, make sure you’re getting the most out of the money you’re spending. There are obvious answers when it comes to cutting fuel consumption, there’s also some hidden secrets you could be putting into practice.
Forever the age-old argument, which is better – windows down or air con on?
If it’s a hot day, use the air conditioning with high – speed driving. Whilst your air con increases fuel consumption, your engine has to work harder when driving at lower speeds and as a result uses more fuel.
When driving at a lower speed, it’s best to turn your air con off and open your windows, saving on fuel usage. Having your cars air conditioning serviced every 2- 3 years will ensure it runs more efficiently, taking pressure off the engine and resulting in better fuel efficiency.
Keeping your tyres at the optimal pressure increases the travel distance. Make sure you’re regularly checking your tyre pressure. The pressure in your tyres drop naturally, especially after drastic changes in temperature. If you find your tyre needs inflating, make sure it’s cool first.
Now we’re not criticising your driving, but using the right gears and brushing up on bad habits will also improve the car’s fuel consumption. To take care of your cars engine, and save on fuel, drivers must ensure the gear they are driving in matches the speed you’re travelling at.
Higher gears at low speed and low gears at high speed will cause the car to use more fuel. Shift gears carefully and in line with the speed of the vehicle.
Driving on the motorway reduces the likelihood of stop/start driving, or if the motorways are busy try using some smaller B roads. Any time you can take a route with little traffic, the less fuel your car will use.
If your car has cruise control, turn it on when motorway driving. Driving at a constant speed in a higher gear is a great way to save fuel, and it’s also easier on your tyres.
The lighter the car, the less fuel the car will consume. Now we’re not telling you to start cutting off your car doors, but clear out all unnecessary heavy items weighing down the boot of your car down. Additions to your car, such as roof or bike racks should also be removed when not being used.
Regular Car Servicing
Car servicing includes the change of air and fuel filters, oil, spark plugs, antifreeze and brake fluid. Having your car serviced removes some of the important organs in the car, and improves its overall efficiency.
Our service department will save you money and keep you safe with a top team of technicians – all chosen for their knowledge and expertise. Give us a call or pop into your local depot for more car servicing information.