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August 19, 2014Save fuel with these simple tips

With the cost of fuel on the rise, it’s no surprise that drivers are looking for a quick way to reduce their fuel consumption. There are lots of ways you can do this, but for the top tips on how to be a fuel-efficient driver read on as we take you through some of the best tips you probably haven’t even thought of.

Tip One: Change Gear Early

When you’re driving it’s a good idea to keep the car in as high a gear as possible to prevent the engine from labouring. This will keep your revs down and reduce the amount of fuel needed.

If you have a relatively new car, you’ll probably have a ‘gear shift indicator’ which indicates when you need to lower or up your gear.

Tip Two: Slow Down Gradually

When driving, make sure you keep looking ahead so that you can slow down early rather than having to brake sharply. Heavy braking not only uses more fuel but makes it an uncomfortable ride for your passengers.

Tip Three: If You’re Not Using It, Turn It Off!

Depending on what the weather is doing, we’re all guilty of putting the air conditioning on, the blowers on, the headlights on or the heated windscreen on – and it’s easy to forget that they are on. If you don’t need it on, turn it off because you’ll be surprised at how much fuel you can save by doing this.

In the summer, air conditioning is a must-have, but when you’re not driving on a fast road why not wind down the windows and enjoy the sun? Or in the middle of winter, when the windscreen has finally cleared, why not turn your heated windscreen off? These are little things which can make a big difference!

Tip Four: Keep Rolling

If you commute to and from work you probably get caught in traffic all the time, but rather than stop and start, why not drive that little bit slower and keep moving? You may think that stopping and starting is more fuel efficient – but it’s not. Keep moving at a snail’s pace rather than stop and start and you’ll notice a difference in your fuel consumption.

Tip Five: Don’t Speed

Try and stick to the speed limit. Did you know that driving at 70mph rather than 85mph will use approximately 25% less fuel. Stick to the speed limit and your fuel should go further.

There are so many ways for you to cut down on your fuel consumption, which is why we’re doing this in two parts.

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