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Save Fuel As You Drive

By Julia Noone

Don’t drive around with unnecessary weight in your car’s boot. Excessive weight makes the engine work harder, as a result, you will use more fuel. If you don’t need it, don’t carry it around. Remove roof boxes & roof racks when you are not using them, because the extra aerodynamic drag that they cause increases fuel consumption. For the same reasons close your windows and sunroof and get any loose bits of external trim fixed.

Stick to the manufacturer’s service schedule, and have any work carried out by a good garage. A well-maintained car emits less carbon dioxide and other pollutants than one that is not serviced on time and looked after well. Under or over inflated tyres increase your car’s fuel consumption, so check them all each week. Keep an eye on your car’s petrol or diesel consumption and investigate any sudden changes.

You do not have to warm up your car before driving off; modern cars do not need it like older cars used to. A car’s engine is at its most efficient when it is fully warmed up, so try not to use your car for short trips. Use public transport, walk or cycle whenever you can. If there is a car sharing club in your area, join it, if not consider starting one up. Most car sharing clubs advertise on-line or in local papers. Switch off your engine when you are stuck in traffic, even if it is only for a few minutes. Limit your use of air-conditioning, heated seats etc. these devices burn fuel too. Avoid driving through road works or during rush hour, constantly stopping and starting is not a fuel-efficient way of driving.

If you drive with care, you can save a lot of fuel. Read the road ahead to stop yourself from braking and accelerating too much. Every time you accelerate, you burn more fuel. Use cruise control if you have it fitted, your driving style will become smoother and you will save fuel.

Use the highest gear possible without letting your car’s engine labour. In a manual car skip gears when you can, change straight from second to fourth, or from third to fifth to save fuel. This should also reduce clutch wear and tear.

When replacing parts on your car consider buying them from your local scrap yard instead of ordering a completely new part. Most non-mechanical parts of a car can be replaced with a pre-used part. Doing so will not only improve your carbon footprint, but will also save you money too.

For the best deal on a cheap car service in Manchester, England, visit the RRG Group where you can also book an MOT online.

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Noone, Julia "Save Fuel As You Drive." Save Fuel As You Drive. 21 Jun. 2010. 10 Jul 2015 <>.

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Noone, Julia "Save Fuel As You Drive"

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