Driving Tips

There are a few tips that can reduce the fuel that we consume whilst driving:

  1. Don’t accelerate too heavily. Racing off from the lights might be fun, but the fuel used when the rev counter swings round the clock is pretty hefty. Fuel economy is best below about 2,500 r.p.m. for a petrol engine and 2,000 r.p.m. for a diesel. You don’t have to turn into “Driving Miss Daisy” to make a significant difference to how far a tank will take you!
  2. Leave sufficient distance to the car in front to avoid excessive braking. Every time you brake, you are absorbing the energy from your engine, but not to go forwards. A smooth driver, who doesn’t floor either pedal uses a lot less fuel.
  3. Watch your speed. According to the Department for Transport driving at 70mph uses up to 9% more fuel than at 60mph and up to 15% more than at 50mph. Cruising at 80mph can use up to 25% more fuel than at 70mph. So leaving that bit earlier and taking things easy en route can save fuel—and some stress if you get held up!
  4. Check your tyre pressures regularly. Tyres that are under-inflated reduce fuel efficiency by as much as 3% for 0.1 bar.
  5. Don’t carry unnecessary weight. If your boot has a set of golf clubs that are rarely used, plus a host of other items, then you are paying to transport them around every journey. Try to clear the car of all the things that you don’t actually need.
  6. Air conditioning is great on hot days and when your windscreen is covered in condensation. If you use it permanently, though, it reduces fuel economy by 10% to 20%.
  7. If your car has a roof rack, only use it when you need it. If it sits empty on top of your car, it only serves to spoil the aerodynamics.
  8. Try to avoid short journeys. Not only could you consider walking, engine efficiency is poorest and engine wear is greatest on short trips.
  9. If you’re approaching a red light, or other stoppage, slowing down earlier and keeping rolling saves the energy of overcoming the inertia of a stationary car.
  10. Use our service to make better use of your car, either by taking passengers on your planned journeys, or by leaving your car at home on occasion and travelling with others.