Fuel Efficiency – How To Save Fuel Costs
Drivers in the UK are being encouraged to become more eco-friendly drivers. A new campaign by the society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) believes that businesses could save up to 20% on fuel expenditures from their fleets, which could save UK motorists £6.8 billion a year.
Being an eco-friendly driver also means that for individuals they can save on how much fuel is being used when driving.
Below are 5 ways that you can train yourself to become an eco-driver.
1- Plan ahead
When making a journey full of journeys, try to plan ahead and plan a chronological route so that you are not travelling back and forth. Take the route with the fewest stops and turns and least traffic, Car Sat Navs are a great way to calculate the best route. Also check that your tires are properly inflated; this can reduce fuel consumption by 3%.
2- Cut the load
Before setting off for your journey, lighten up the load. The biggest cause for loss of kinetic energy in non-hybrid cars in the weight of the car. If you have a lot of things in your car making it heavier, you will be using more fuel so try to assess whether you need to carry certain heavy goods.
3- Take it slow
When you speed the engine works harder to push through the wind. This effectively reduces fuel efficiency by 33% so take it slow, if you planned your journey well there should be no need for you to be in a hurry! Cruise control, especially for long journeys, can help reduce fuel consumption as this ensures you are travelling at a constant speed.
4- Fuel up half way
It is recommended that you fill up your tank half way when filling up with fuel, and to try and keep the tank above one-quarter full because if you run low on fuel you are putting on stress on the fuel pump. 10 gallons adds 60 pounds of weight.
5- Drive smoothly and safely
We are all culprits of harsh breaking and coasting at roundabouts and when turning into a road. Breaking wastes energy from fuel that has already been burnt so try to assess ahead and avoid breaking when you could just slow down by taking your foot off the accelerator and then break to stop the car. Avoid speeding! Did you know – accelerating after braking consumes more fuel than driving at a constant speed?
Install a Dash Cam to protect yourself in the case of a collision whilst on your journey.
There are many more ways in which you can spend a little less on fuel if you know what to do. Being a smart driver can make you an eco-friendly driver.
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