Eco driving tips to save 15% on fuel bills

Eco driving tips to save 15% on fuel bills

Road safety charity the IAM is offering weekly motoring tips, their eco-driving advice is to :

  • Brake as infrequently as possible – slow down and take your foot off the accelerator earlier. Look further ahead of you so you can start doing things earlier, avoiding so much braking
  • If you get stuck in a traffic jam, switch your engine off
  • Stick to the speed limit. This offers a fair compromise between economy and getting somewhere efficiently. There’s a significant saving made by doing 70 instead of 80 mph
  • If you are able to do so, use block gear changing (e.g. 2nd to 4th when accelerating, or 5th to 2nd when decelerating). This is more fuel-efficient than working your way through the gears
  • Reverse into parking bays. If you do all the manoeuvring with a hot engine you can drive straight off when you come back and warm the engine up more quickly
  • Check your vehicle regularly to ensure it operates efficiently. In particular, check your tyre tread depth and pressure
  • Remove excess weight, including roof racks, car clutter and unnecessary items in the boot. The more weight you carry in the car, the more fuel you’ll consume

IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger said: “We’ve all got better things to spend our money on than petrol. Green driving can save you up to 15% on your bills, as well as reducing your carbon emissions.”

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