Wind resistance increases fuel consumption.
Try to keep windows closed at high speeds and remove roof racks and boxes when not in use.
Removing a roof-top cargo box can save as much as 20% on fuel over a year.
Dropping speed could save you up to 25% in fuel.
Get your car serviced regularly to maintain engine efficiency and make sure you’re using the correct engine oil (check the handbook).
Read the road ahead, anticipating the actions of other drivers and potential hazards.
The less braking and acceleration, the less fuel used.
For instance, drive smoothly in heavy traffic and avoid driving fast to catch up to the car in front, then having to brake.
Look after your tyres
Well maintained tyres are essential for safe and economical driving.
Check tyre pressures regularly (especially before a motorway journey).
Correctly inflated tyres can improve fuel consumption by up to 2%.
A lighter car will use less fuel, so don’t drive around with unnecessary items in your boot and unless you’re on a long journey, consider running your fuel tank half full or less.
Braking hard, accelerating, then braking for the next speed bump is inefficient and uses extra fuel.
Try to drive along at a steady speed.
Air con or open windows?
Air-conditioning increases fuel consumption, especially at low speeds.
If it’s a hot day, use the air conditioning for high speed driving, but open the windows around town.
But, it is winter now so you are good without.
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