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Fuel Efficient Driving Tips


Over the course of your lifetime, fuel will be one of the largest expenses that you will face. One way that you can try to reduce your spending is to become more conscious of the amount of fuel you may be using and adjusting your driving habits. Economical driving is about taking a steady approach, focusing once again on the basic aspects of driving that you were taught when learning to drive. Here are the top four fuel efficient driving tips.


1.   Driving at a constant speed.

A car is most efficient when it is travelling at a constant speed rather than fluctuating between fast and slow. The easiest way to control consistency of speed is by holding the accelerator in a steady position whilst driving. Whilst ideally this would be simple, modern driving makes it quite difficult to achieve this simply due to the number of other cars on the road. More often than not you will be forced to slow down when travelling on congested roads or will be forced to stop at traffic lights. To tackle this in an economical manner, try to slow down to stop at a consistent, steady rate. By easing off of the accelerator and allowing the car to reduce speed on its own, rather than slamming on the breaks, this improves the fuel efficiency of your car. Abruptly stopping or using your breaks causes fuel inefficiency because the rapid loss of momentum results in increased fuel burn as your car tries to regain speed. 

Furthermore, this can improve the wear and tear of your breaks; saving you money on car maintenance. 


2.   Accelerating.

Accelerating your car quickly burns more fuel than if you increased your speed gradually. When you force your car to alter speed in a quick manner, the car will require more energy than if the speed was altered at a slower rate. The car therefore consumes fuel at an increased rate in order to get this energy. 


Consider this increased fuel consumption before you decide to speed through the next amber light, overtake, or pull off from a stopped position. Rapid acceleration equals increased fuel consumption. 


3.   Weight.

The weight of a vehicle affects the fuel efficiency because a heavier car requires more energy to move. Whilst it may not seem like a big deal, carrying extra passengers or loading your car with heavy goods will reduce fuel efficiency. To improve this, try to only drive with extra weight for short distances whenever possible. The longer that your car is under more stress, the more fuel it will consume so don’t keep heavy things stored in your boot or back seat.


4.   Tyre Pressure.

One of the easiest ways to improve fuel efficiency is to ensure that your tyre pressure is always correct. Tyres shouldn’t just have good tread depth, they also need to be filled with the appropriate amount of air to keep their shape when driving. Underinflated tyres result in the car using more energy to move because there is greater roller resistance. Ensure that you know your cars recommended tyre pressure and keep them at this level to save fuel. 


At BETS Autos we want you to get enjoyment out of the vehicles your drive!  For any other helpful advice, or to book your car in for a service give us a ring on 01443 224266 or visit www.betsautos.co.uk.  We also offer car servicing, tyres, MOTs, and brakes.