How to drive down your fuel ex­penses

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

SAV­ING money will most def­i­nitely be on the agenda for many this year but many ne­glect the ex­penses that de­rive from your ve­hi­cle.

This week’s tips give ad­vice on sav­ing fuel, from IAM Road­S­mart’s head of driv­ing and rid­ing stan­dards Richard Glad­man.

Try to keep your driv­ing smooth, gen­tle ac­cel­er­a­tion and us­ing the high­est safe gear will use less fuel. Ease off the ac­cel­er­a­tor early for traf­fic lights if they are red. Why hurry up to wait?

Try to avoid driv­ing dur­ing the rush hour. Stop­ping and start­ing in traf­fic needs the use of the first gear and a lot fuel is dis­pensed to get the ve­hi­cle mov­ing again

Keep your tyres well main­tained at the cor­rect pres­sures, when they are due for re­place­ment there are brands which are de­signed for ex­tra econ­omy which may be worth con­sid­er­ing

Get rid of un­nec­es­sary weight. Cars work just like the hu­man body, your body needs more en­ergy to move around more weight and so does your car. Take heavy items out of the car if you don’t need to carry them. A roof rack or roof box will in­crease drag and you will use more fuel to over­come this. Re­move it if it is not be­ing used.

Stop the con­stant back and forth. Dur­ing this win­ter sea­son as your en­gine is try­ing to warm up it uses more fuel for the first four miles or so. Your en­gine stays cold when you drive less than two miles and your car will pro­duce 60 per cent more pol­lu­tion than a warm en­gine – avoid these short jour­neys where pos­si­ble.

Turn off the air­con­di­tion­ing, it will be work­ing over­time and it uses ex­tra fuel. When the rear win­dow is cleared turn off the rear screen heater, the more elec­tric­ity your car has to pro­duce the more fuel it will use.

Keep your speed low. It sounds pretty stan­dard but driv­ing faster uses more fuel, you can re­duce fuel con­sump­tion by up to 25 per cent. Try press­ing more lightly on the ac­cel­er­a­tor, of­ten you can main­tain the same speed with less pres­sure on the pedal.

Richard said: “Fuel is ex­pen­sive and burn­ing fuel is bad for the en­vi­ron­ment. A few small changes in the way we pre­pare our ve­hi­cles and plan our jour­neys can make a big dif­fer­ence in our fuel con­sump­tion. Sound ob­ser­va­tion and plan­ning on our nec­es­sary jour­neys will help.

“Re­mem­ber that safety and fuel sav­ing can be com­ple­men­tary if we drive ef­fec­tively.”

There are lots of ways that will help you use less fuel

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