How to save on fuel while driving

Reducing your car’s fuel consumption isn’t just environmentally friendly, but it is also better for your pocket. With the ever-increasing fuel prices, car owners are encouraged to cut costs as much as possible. To save money on petrol, take note of the following tips. You’ll be surprised how much you will end up saving by the end of this article.

Drive slow

According to recent reports from the AA, drivers can save up to 25 per cent in fuel if they drop their speed from 80 to 70mph. If you drive on smaller roads, make sure you slow down to 40mph in order to save a further 10 per cent.

Go easy on the revs

A lot of drivers have the habit of letting the revs run to 3,000 RPM before changing gears. However, it is more efficient to change gear at 2,500 RPM (if you drive a petrol car) or 2,000 RPM (for diesel).

Avoid the rush hour 

The most expensive way of travelling to work is to drive in a rush hour. Every time you get stuck in traffic, a huge amount of fuel is wasted. The best solution is to leave home for work earlier and leave work for home later. If there is no way you can avoid the rush hour, opt for a hybrid car, which consumes much less fuel.

Remove the excess weight

If you have a roof rack that you don’t use often, remove it. The excess weight increases drag and make your vehicle consume more fuel. Most roof racks are easy to disassemble and can be stowed away when not in use. Also, if you have baby strollers, golf clubs, or any other excess cargo, remove them whenever they’re not needed. For every extra 100 pounds carried in your car, 2 per cent more fuel will be consumed.

Don’t use the air con

Air cons increase fuel consumption so if it’s a hot day, open your window instead. While it may be tempting to use the air con in winter to avoid windows from misting up, it’s best that you turn it off and let natural air flow through windows.

Check your tyre pressures often

The final tip is to double check your car’s tyre pressure as the lower the pressure, the more fuel it needs to move. The checking process only takes 5 minutes but it should be done once every 2 weeks or so.