Wondering how to save fuel? It’s easier than you might think! Some ways are more obvious than others, but they add up and can make a serious difference!
1 – Air Conditioning & Heat
Try to get into the habit of only using your AC and your heat when you really need to! Believe us, if you’re constantly looking for ways of how to save fuel.
Both these features require engine power and will actually cause higher revs, therefore decreasing your average mpg. Best practice? Simply dress for the weather… even inside your car!
A little extreme, but go for it if you’re willing to try anything!
2 – Anticipate
The correct speed is one of the biggest contributors in the puzzle of fuel economy, which not a lot of people realise!
A big natural fuel-killer involves constant stop/starting, making your engine work much harder and inevitably decreasing your mpg.
Our advice? Try to drive as smoothly as possible, steer as gently as you can and apply the brakes as gently as you can when you need to.
The easiest contributor to this is anticipation. Try and look well ahead of the vehicle in front of you to anticipate any hazards well in advance. This way you can ease off the accelerator or slow down naturally, or even potentially keep moving as opposed to coming to a stop.
Uphill driving is also well-regarded as a negative to fuel economy – best practice for minimising the damage is to accelerate a little before you reach the incline, then ease off the accelerator as you head up.
Building enough momentum to get you over the hill should assist in minimising damage to your mpg!
3 – Take Things Up a Gear
Most likely the biggest secret in the minefield of how to save fuel is driving in the highest possible gear you can, whilst obviously keeping within the speed limit.
We’d advise changing up around 2,000rpm in urban areas. The reasoning behind this is simple – the faster an engine spins, the more fuel it uses!
4 – Combine Your Journeys
If you can, consider making one round trip rather than several shortened trips. Once your car’s engine is warmer, it will operate better than several cold starts – which will increase fuel consumption over the same mileage.
Quite simply put, warmer engines are more efficient!
5 – Don’t Overuse Cruise Control!
It’s commonly known that cruise control does aid fuel economy – however this is only true when driving on a consistent flat surface. Best reserved for motorway driving.
Consistent speed is a key to driving efficiently – cruise control is most effective at this on flat surfaces, as it negates unnecessary acceleration.
However, using this function on inconsistent surfaces actually isn’t an efficient method to use, as cruise control is slower than you are at reacting to gradient changes.
For example, if you reach the decent of a hill, you’d normal have already eased off the accelerator to maintain a consistent speed when descending. However if in cruise control, your car will keep the power on for a little longer as it can’t anticipate this.
On a regular basis this would lead to poor fuel consumption!