Many motorists across the country are feeling the pinch and are trying to hold on to their independence by keeping their car on the road, sometimes at the expense of other essentials. However, there is a way to save money and still drive your car as much as you like by driving more efficiently.
Here are a few tips to help you drive more economically:
1. Use the accelerator smoothly to pull away - generally if you keep below 3000 revs you are using much less fuel and will still achieve the same speed.
2. Drive in the correct gear – always use the highest gear possible without letting the engine labour.
3. Slow naturally – when coming up to junctions, roundabouts or even your home simply take you foot off the gas and the car will slow down naturally and you are saving the brakes too. Look at the road ahead and make sure you are doing the correct speed to anticipate any problems.
4. Check tyre pressures as under inflated tyres can increase fuel consumption.
5. Remove roof racks and boxes as these cause unnecessary drag increasing fuel consumption and keep windows closed unless you are going really slowly as this also increases drag at speed.
"If you are using less fuel then obviously not only are you saving money, you are also reducing the CO2 emissions as well," commented an industry expert.
Research by BSM suggested eco-driving techniques could save British motorists almost £6 billion a year.