10 ways to save fuel

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27 April 2009
10 ways to save fuel

10 ways to save fuel
If you do lots of miles or want to cut your fuel use and emissions, you could consider specialist eco-driving tuition. If you drive a company car, nag your fleet manager to send you on a course proper training could save your company thousands in fuel bills.

Maybe you just want to save cash during the recession; if so, follow our 10 top tips to save fuel you could save hundreds in the first year.

10 ways to save fuel

1. Keep it moving
You car uses most fuel getting away from a standstill, so keep it moving. Pull away slowly and anticipate the road ahead, keeping a good distance from the traffic in front. That way, you'll need to stop fewer times.

2. Shift up sooner
Change up a gear as soon as possible. The fewer revs the engine is doing at any given speed, the more miles it'll do to the gallon.

3. Shed weight
Don't carry empty child seats or a boot full of tools. The lighter your car is, the less fuel it'll use.

4. Eco-routes
The way you get to places makes a big difference to your fuel economy. Visit www.viamichelin.co.uk for an easy way to plan economical routes. Also remember that a longer route may ease your fuel bills if it includes less stop-start traffic.

5. Slash your speed
The slower you're going in top gear, the more miles you'll do per gallon. Cruise at 60mph rather than 90mph on the motorway and you'll use roughly 50% less fuel.

6. Stay in gear
Modern cars shut off the fuel injectors when you're coasting in gear. Staying in gear for
as long as possible when you're slowing down will save cash.

7. Turn off gadgets
Turn off your air-con and you could save up to 20% on fuel. Other electrics (headlights, stereos and sat-navs, for example) also demand lots of energy from the engine.

8. Pump 'em up!
Underinflated tyres create drag. If you keep yours correctly inflated, you'll use up to 25% less fuel.

9. Go streamlined
Remove your roof rack or roof box if it's not needed, and wind up windows whenever possible.

10. Traffic turn-off
Some modern cars will automatically switch off the engine when you come to a halt. If yours doesn't (and you're stationary for more than a minute), do it yourself.