Be vig­i­lant and drive down the cost of mo­tor­ing

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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