8 Simple Steps to Save Fuel

Focus on these 8 simple steps from 25plus.ie to save money on fuel and free up your cash for other things.

8 Simple Steps to Save Fuel

1. Make fewer trips

Driving a car that has been parked for a few hours usually has a cold engine and uses much more fuel for the first five miles or so. Try to avoid lots of little short journeys and combine all your errands into one big trip to give your engine the chance to heat up.

2. Don’t drive in the rush hour

There are few worse places to spend your time than stuck in a traffic jam, but it’s also a very expensive way of travelling. Avoid travelling in rush hour if you can, and if not consider buying a hybrid car, which uses much less fuel in town than a normal petrol or diesel.

3. Travel light

The more unnecessary weight in your car, the more fuel you are wasting. Consider emptying your boot and only loading it with items you are going to use – leave the golf clubs at home when travelling to work.

4. Put your windows up

This doesn’t have as much of an impact when you’re driving in town, however when driving more quickly on the motorway, keep the windows up and the sunroof closed to reduce the ‘drag’ and your fuel bill. Along with the design of your car, anything that makes wind noises as your car goes along is having an impact on your fuel economy.

5. No air-conditioning? Cool

If you think keeping the windows up and putting the air-conditioning on instead will work, think again. It may even be tempting to leave on all year round to stop the windows misting but it’s a straightforward way to use up a lot of fuel so turn it off when you can.

6. Remove the roof rack or ski box

Even if the roof rack is empty, it’s still worse than having the windows down, so make the effort to remove them from the car when you’re not using them.

7. Check your tyre pressures regularly

Check your tyre pressures every two weeks. Remember: the lower the pressure, the more fuel the car needs to move it down the road. Maintaining your car’s recommended servicing schedule will also help.

8. Drive Smart

Accelerating smoothly, slowing down early at traffic lights rather than a harsh stop and always leaving a sensible distance between you and the car at front to give ample time to brake evenly, will all appear as an instant gratification on your next fuel bill. Driving at a constant speed in the highest gear is ideal, so avoid idling in traffic and turn your engine off when you’re in a queue.

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