This was written by Liam Ohm of Inchcape Toyota Basingstoke.
Conserving fuel is becoming increasingly crucial for drivers that want to reduce their driving costs, while also preventing damage to the environment. A positive approach to conserving fuel can also result in more efficient driving, as well as a safer relationship to the road and other drivers. There are many ways in which fuel can be conserved, from investing in an eco and fuel efficient car, through to adjusting your driving habits, reducing the weight of your vehicle, adding extra features to a car, and planning out a journey in advance.
Invest in an Eco Friendly Car
Investing in a smaller, more compact car means that you can use less fuel without necessarily sacrificing on performance and power. In terms of some of the best options for avoiding frequent refuellings, a hybrid car provides a particularly high level of efficiency. A hybrid car combines an electric motor or battery with a petrol engine, and in doing so reduces the fuel demands of an engine. Hybrid cars like the Toyota Prius, the Honda CR-Z, and electric only cars like the Nissan Leaf provide high levels of fuel efficiency, as well as low CO2 emissions.
Adjust Your Driving Habits
Poor driving habits can be one of the most important reasons for why you’re spending a lot of money on petrol. Some of the best approaches to take when adjusting your driving habits include switching off your engine when in traffic, sticking to driving limits on the motor way, and avoiding over braking or accelerating. It’s also worth trying to avoid revving your car’s engine, and changing speeds rapidly when driving. Moreover, by switching off the air conditioning and opening your car’s windows, you’ll be less likely to drain your battery.
Reduce Vehicle Weight and Check Tyres
A car that has too much extra weight can create a significant drag on the engine, which in turn results in it burning through more fuel. You can solve this problem by decluttering your car. A roof rack that’s not in use can be taken off, as can any bikes attached to the back of a car. Similarly, go through your car boot and back seats to check if there’s anything there that doesn’t need to be. At the same time, you can improve your car’s traction and stability by checking for under inflated tyres, and getting your car regularly maintained and checked for any suspension problems.
There are a number of features that can be added to a car in order to help improve its fuel economy. One of the most important is a GPS and sat nav, which can alert you to pockets of traffic, as well as to steep and badly paved roads. In built safety features within a car can also alert you to lane changes, and any accidents on the road. Some cars also automatically reduce your speed if you go over a limit, and provide information on tyre wearing and tearing. Many hybrid cars similarly allow you to drive in Eco modes, where you just use an electric motor for short trips.
Planning your journey in advance to avoid pockets of traffic, and picking a route that will use the most efficient amount of fuel can save you significant amounts of money in the long run. You can also experiment with reducing the amount of hours that you drive every week, either by walking or cycling to work, or entering into a car pooling scheme.
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