How to increase your fuel efficiency – 10 tips to save you money

With the average cost of fuel hitting £1.46p in recent months, driving across the UK are looking at ways to save money at the pumps.

By following a few simple rules, you can conserve fuel and drive more efficiently, getting more miles for your money.

Here are ten tips on how to increase your fuel efficiency:

  1. Use cruise control
    The majority of new cars on the road today have cruise control as standard. If your vehicle does, it can provide a more steady driving experience, making your engine more efficient and therefore save fuel. You don’t have to wait until you are on the motorway to benefit, either.
  2. Use the right gears
    To maximise your fuel efficiency, it’s essential that you choose the right gear for the speed you are driving at. Both over-reving the engine and driving in too low a gear can affect your fuel efficiency.
  3. Avoid idling where possible
    When your car is at a standstill with your engine running and idling your miles per galloon is exactly zero. That’s because whilst you aren’t moving, fuel is still being used. Remember to turn your engine off if you aren’t in motion.
  4. Be careful using air con
    Using the air conditioning in your car will drop the fuel efficiency by 5-10%. Whilst we wouldn’t advise sweltering in the summer heat, it’s best to switch it off when it’s not required.
  5. Reduce drag
    Anything fitted externally to a car, from a bike rack to a flag supporting your favourite team, will increase drag and therefore reduce your fuel efficiency.
  6. Plan your route
    Knowing exactly where you are going will stop you driving unnecessary miles. Planning your journey to avoid traffic hotspots and peak times will also help.
  7. Keep your speed steady
    Accelerating hard will burn through fuel fast. To save on fuel, accelerate gently and maintain a steady speed.
  8. Maintain your car
    Basic maintenance on your car will improve its efficiency. Check your tyre pressure and oil levels regularly.
  9. Lighten the load
    Don’t leave items in the boot of your car. Carrying items you don’t need means the engine has to work harder, decreasing your fuel efficiency.
  10. Shop around for the best prices
    Fuel prices vary from forecourt to forecourt. Shopping around can save you money at the pump.