Fuel saving tips: include ideal speeds and use cruise control

With the cost of filling a car heading towards an average of £100, it will be more important than ever for Britons to get the most out of their money. Automotive organization The RAC has compiled key tips on how drivers can save fuel and go further on their tank.

Be sure to maintain your vehicle
Regular maintenance and servicing improves your vehicle’s efficiency and can therefore reduce your fuel consumption.

It’s especially important to make sure your tires are inflated to the correct pressure as listed in your owner’s manual, as under-inflated and over-inflated tires both have a negative effect on fuel economy.

Tire pressure varies depending on the load you are carrying. If you have four passengers and luggage, for example, you will need to inflate your tires to the maximum recommended pressures.

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Think ahead – try not to lose momentum
In line with the point above, keeping the car moving at the right speed is key to saving fuel.

It depends on traffic conditions and what’s happening on the road ahead, but slowing down and having to accelerate again naturally consumes more fuel.

The best advice is to drive as smoothly as possible, using the steering, throttle and brakes gently. When slowing down, it is important to stay in gear because a fuel injected engine’s fuel cut-off switch is then activated, which means that no fuel is used during braking.

Going up hills destroys fuel economy. When you see a hill coming, try to speed up a bit before you reach it, then slow down on the way up. The extra momentum should be enough to minimize extra fuel consumption.

Speed ​​regulator
Using cruise control only helps fuel economy when driving on a constant level surface, hence why it’s usually best reserved for highway driving.

However, if you were to use your cruise control regularly, and not on the flat, you would encounter problems which would increase your fuel consumption.

This is because your cruise control would be slower to react to grade changes, which means that when you reach the front of a hill, your cruise control will hold power for a bit longer because it is unable to see the change. slope in front of you.

Driving this way regularly would lead to lower fuel consumption.

Don’t get carried away
Don’t leave your roof bars and roof box in place, as they create wind resistance and cause your car to use more fuel through the “drag” effect. This is increased as you drive faster.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, an empty roof rack adds 16% drag when driving at 75 mph. At the same speed, a roof box adds 39%, making a vehicle much less fuel efficient.
Driving with an open window also has a similar effect.

Use of air conditioning
Only use your air conditioning when absolutely necessary as it uses engine power and therefore increases fuel consumption.
This goes for heat as well as cooling, so try to dress for the weather, even inside your car, if fuel efficiency is a big concern.

Combine trips – a warm engine is more efficient
Consider doing one round trip rather than several short trips. Once the engine is warmed up, it will run at its best while multiple cold starts will increase fuel consumption even though the total mileage might be the same.
Use a route planner to ensure the most fuel-efficient route.

Lighten the load
While that won’t make the biggest difference to your mpg numbers, it stands to reason that the heavier a vehicle is, the more fuel it will consume.
For this reason, do not keep unnecessary items in your trunk as they all add weight to your vehicle which will not help your fuel economy in the long run.