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Fuel Saving Tips

With the news of the cost of fuel rising there are things we can do to try and save ourselves some money. Our driving habits have an effect on the fuel our cars consume and by tweaking the way we drive and behave in our vehicles, we can increase our miles per gallon 

This might seem obvious but try planning the journeys you need to take in advance so you can combine the things you need to do, Try making it one round trip instead of a few trips here and there. A Cold engine uses more fuel, your engine is much more efficient when it is warm, several cold starts will increase fuel consumption.  Look for routes with less traffic and longer stretches without stopping can help keep fuel use at a lower level

Cut out the extra weight. Now we are all a little guilty of leaving unnecessary stuff in our vehicles without even thinking of what that might mean for our fuel consumption. The heavier the load the more fuel you will use. The more pared back the lighter and more efficient your car will be.

Keep up on that car maintenance. Check your tyre pressure, The lower the tyre pressure, the more fuel the car needs to move it down the road.  Make sure the oil, coolant and brake fluid are all at the right levels.

Be careful when adding fuel to your vehicle, don't waste a drop it all adds up, the fuel pump can retain a small amount of fuel when you stop dispensing the diesel or petrol. Surprisingly, it can hold up to 250ml of fuel, so waiting a few seconds before you retract the nozzle will allow it to drain into your tank

Reduce the drag on your vehicle if you don't need the roof rack and boxes on take them off, They make it less streamlined and they create wind resistance, therefore increase your fuel consumption. 

Change gears,  shifting up earlier can reduce fuel usage as the engine won’t be running at higher revs but Don't labour the engine as that can cause long-term damage changing up at an engine speed of around 2,000 rpm in a diesel car or around 2,500 rpm in a petrol car

Close Windows the faster you’re driving, the higher the wind resistance is when you have the windows open, meaning you have to burn  more fuel to maintain your speed. when you're out of town or on the motorway and moving more quickly, the shape of your car is very important.

Use your AC And Heat only when really needed they use engine power and therefore increases fuel consumption.

Watch that right foot. Excessive speed is the biggest fuel-guzzling factor. According to the Energy Saving Trust, vehicles travelling at 60mph use 15 per cent less fuel than those driving at 70mph. Basically, the quicker you drive, the more it’ll cost you in fuel.  Try and Drive as smoothly as you can erratic driving is not going to help your fuel consumption.

Follow your car’s advice, If your car comes with gear-change recommendations or an mpg display, follow them

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