Be vigilant and drive down the cost of motoring
MOTORISTS may have been heartened this month by the reduction in petrol prices but road safety charity GEM Motoring Assist is stressing the importance of fuel efficient driving all year round.
No matter what the cost of fuel may be, it is crucial to follow fuel efficient driving measures at all times, it says.
The list includes all the tips we have heard before but it is amazing how few of us actually follow them.
How many times have you observed a driver overtake at speed and then jam on the anchors to avoid a collision with slower-moving traffic ahead? The key to greater economy and less stressful motoring is observation. Most cars run at their most efficient at about 60mph. For every 5mph above that drivers lose six per cent of fuel economy
GEM also recommends regularly checking tyre pressures and tread depth – just one tyre deflated by 20 per cent can increase fuel consumption by five per cent. Removing any unnecessary weight from the car also significantly reduces fuel usage.
Regular servicing is important as a poorly tuned engines can use up to 50 per cent more fuel than a car that is well looked after.
Eliminating short journeys will also reduce visits to the pumps. Cold engines are thirsty engines, so really short journeys will be relatively expensive. It is best to walk or cycle for really short journeys.
Planning ahead will also save waste. Someone has worked out that motorists getting lost adds up to 350,000 tons of fuel every year, so plan a route carefully before setting off.
Remember too that driving round looking for cheaper fuel could cost more than filling up locally.