No matter what sort of vehicle you drive, it’s fair to say that you would likely be happy to squeeze a little more distance out of each litre of fuel you use. With the ever-rising cost of petrol and other living expenses in the UK, making the most of what we can afford is as important than ever, and considering the knock-on effect carbon emissions can have on climate change, driving in a more fuel efficient manner is great for many reasons.
At Speed Couriers, fuel efficient driving is extremely important to us; not only is it more viable from an economical standpoint, but we value the environment and make a conscious effort to continually reduce our carbon footprint.
We’ve put this handy two-part list of tips and tricks you can use to help reduce fuel wastage and get the most from every litre of fuel!
Reduce Your Speed
While it may seem a little obvious, many people overlook this simple factor and accelerate quickly from a stopped position every time they take off.
One of the best ways to save gas is to simply reduce your speed. As speed increases, fuel economy decreases exponentially. Try driving the speed limit for a few days. You’ll save a lot of fuel and your travel times won’t be much longer.
Check Up on Your Tire Pressure
Under-inflated tires are one of the most commonly ignored causes of crummy MPG. Tires lose air due to time (about 1 psi per month) and temperature (1 psi for every 10 degree drop).
Under-inflated tires have more rolling resistance, which means your engine has to work harder to keep your car moving. Buy a reliable tire gauge and check your tires at least once a month. Be sure to check them when they are cold, since driving the car warms up the tires (and the air inside them), which increases pressure and gives a falsely high reading. Use the inflation pressures shown in the owner’s manual or on the data plate in the driver’s door jamb.
Empty Your Car
If you’re the type who takes a leisurely attitude towards car cleanliness — and I definitely fall into that category — periodically go through your car and see what can be tossed out or brought into the house. It doesn’t take much to acquire an extra 40 or 50 lbs. of stuff, and the more weight your car has to lug around, the more fuel it burns.
Check your air filter
A dirty air filter restricts the flow of air into the engine, which harms performance and economy.
Air filters are easy to check and change: See your owner’s manual for instructions. Remove the filter and hold it up to the sun; if you can’t see light coming through it, you need a new one. Consider a K&N or similar “permanent” filter which is cleaned rather than changed. They provide better airflow than throw-away paper filters and they’re better for the environment.
So there we have some fantastic tips to get you started on your journey to more affordable driving. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for part two of our fuel efficient guide!