How to be more fuel efficient

The price of fuel these days is becoming more and more of a joke with a litre going up as much as 5p some months! If you're looking at saving some money when it comes to filling u your tank and reducing your fuel consumption, then you'll love this.

Here are our top ten tips on how you can be more fuel-efficient and save money at the same time:

1. Clear out the clutter

First things first, get rid of all that rubbish. Don't let that excess weight drag your down. Reduce the drag and get rid of and help increase your car's efficiency at the same time, what's not to love? Think about it, if your car is bogged down with all your bits and bobs, then your engine has to work harder to get you to where you need to be and this reduces your mileage. Even if you just got rid of a few bits, you'd be surprised at how much this can help to lighten the load.

2. Don't get dragged down

We're talking roof racks and other storage accessories that you might have on your car. If you're not using them, avoid carrying them. Turns out the unusual surfaces of these accessories can increase the aerodynamic drag as well as your fuel consumption, who would have thought it? Don't get tied down and just keep them on there because you can't be bothered with the effort of taking them down. It could be worth the fuel pennies at the end of the day.

3. Sweatbox is the way forward

Where you can, it's definitely a good idea to avoid using your air conditioning where possible. You might not be able to if it's a scorcher but believe it or not, using your air-con 24/7 can put a strain on your engine and cause you to use more fuel, especially in stop-and-go city driving.

4. Bouncy castle tyres

Sounds obvious, but inflating our tyres to the correct pressure is an easy win if you're looking to improve your car's fuel efficiency. So long as you don't get too excited and think your tyres are inflatanation. Getting them under the correct pressure is the key. If your tyres look low and don't loo inflated properly and you need to double-check their correct pressure, you can always whip out your manual and double-check. If they're low and you leave them underinflated, you'll be dragging your backside all the way home.

5. Change up sooner rather than later

We're not going to teach you to suck eggs, but when you're out and about, if you can drive in the highest gear possible where you can, then you're onto a winner. Even if you find yourself having to change u earlier than planned, you'll be doing yourself a favour. Easing off your accelerate will help to reduce fuel consumption and so will skipping gears too. Your engine doesn't have to work as hard to keep up with the higher speed limits of a particular gear. Bonus if you have a fairly new car to as it will probably do you a favour and tell you when to change up.

6. Cruising for a bruising

The best thing not to do is to try and match your speed to others on the road. None of that the red car and the blue car had a race. If your car has cruise control then using this to help maintain your speed is a cracking idea. Maintaining your speed can help improve your fuel efficiency. Cruise control can also help you be safe and steady on the road too, reducing your need to accelerate and use your brakes, which can impact your fuel economy.

7. Speed limits are your best friend

Stick to the speed limits and you'll improve your fuel efficiency and you won't face having to pay for a speeding ticket, it's a win-win! We can't deny that by obeying the speed limit you're helping yourself and saving on the amount of fuel that you're burning. Although cars vary at which speeds they are most efficient, most cars will burn fuel less efficiently at speeds of 60 miles per hour or more.

8. Engines of the future

Cars are getting more and more clever by the minute these days. Thanks to stop/start technology when you're in a queue of traffic, you can just take your foot off the clutch and let your engine turn off itself. If you sit with your engine on and your foot on the clutch, your engine will continue to burn fuel. As a general rule, if you stop for over 10 seconds, switch your engine off.

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