Save £200 a Year with Fuel Efficient Driving
Fuel Efficient Driving
I know I’ve written about fuel efficient driving before, but it’s always a message that’s worth re-iterating.
Especially as the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has just launched a campaign to drive home the message that better driving leads to money saving, environmental benefits and safer roads.
They estimate that the typical UK driver could save 20% on their driving costs by adopting better practices, which works out around £200 on average.
- Remove access weight (any buggies, golf clubs, boxes, that kind of thing) and things like roofracks. A lighter car is more efficient.
- Drive smoothly. Hard braking and sudden acceleration use more fuel. Pay attention and read the road so that you can anticipate changes in speed and avoid driving aggressively. You’ll be safer and richer.
- Be nice to your pedals. This links in to the point above about driving aggressively but it’s worth repeating. Apply pressure gently and steadily as much as possible. You won’t damage your car as much too.
- Keep your car in good condition and your tyres inflated.
- Only use air conditioning when absolutely necessary.
- Don’t idle your engine – if you’re stationary for a long time (like waiting to pick someone up) switch the engine off.
The push for fuel efficient driving is backed by motoring organisations such as the AA, RAC and Guild of Motoring Writers.