Eddie Wright’s Top Fuel Saving Tips!

by admin on September 1, 2016

fuel2Take a look at Eddie Wright’s top tips to help you save money on your vehicle’s fuel bills!

Fuel prices have inevitably risen following a short-lived price drop. The average driver may not have noticed the prices sneakily go back up to level we saw at the start of the year, but with our top tips, we’ll help you ease the burden of ever-increasing fuel bills.

Plan Your Journey

If your car has been sat there for a few hours it’s likely that your engine is cold and will therefore use much more fuel for the first 5 miles or so. With this in mind, it would save you money in the long run if little journeys were combined into one ‘run’, instead of sporadically throughout the day!
Avoid rush hour where possible, you’ll no doubt be aware, but start-stop traffic is detrimental to your car’s fuel efficiency. Not only will you want to avoid traffic to prevent being delayed, you could also save yourself some fuel by avoiding it all together. Whilst this isn’t always possible, you might be able to reduce the amount of traffic you hit, if you leave a little earlier for your daily commute.

Keep Windows Closed

Driving with open windows including your sunroof can be refreshing when it’s hot, but it creates a lot of drag, this decreases fuel-efficiency as the drag affects the aerodynamics of the vehicle. If you’re driving around town it won’t be too much of a problem, but driving at high speeds down the motorway, apart from creating excess noise, you’ll find your car will be working much harder than it needs to! If you need to cool your car, try using the vents or air-conditioning, but only when required.

Remove Unnecessary Weight

Excess weight will reduce the overall efficiency of your vehicle as the additional weight means your vehicle has to work harder to get it moving. Remove any unnecessary items from your vehicle such as clutter in the boot or the roof box. Roof boxes especially need removing if not in use, they not only add weight but create additional drag, which will reduce the aerodynamics of the vehicle. This goes for bike racks too!

Driving Style

Your driving style factors into the overall fuel efficiency to a much greater degree than you might think. Harsh or abrupt acceleration will consume much more fuel. The ideal way to travel would be to maintain a constant speed ideally around 50mph, which is normally why country-lanes where the national speed limit is in force, are usually the roads where your car behaves at its most frugal! Motorway driving will use more fuel, try to drive at 60mph for best results, driving at 70mph will use more than driving at 60mph, however driving at 80mph (whilst against the law), will make your fuel-efficiency figures fall like dominos!

Drop the Air-Conditioning

Air-conditioning is useful to keep your windows mist-free and clear, and also useful in keeping cool during the rare warmer days! It would be prudent to only use the air-conditioning when required, as the air-conditioning system ‘drinks’ fuel when running.
If it’s a particularly warm day, it would be better however, to run the air-conditioning rather than open the windows if travelling at higher speeds. Opening the windows as mentioned is terrible for efficiency at higher speeds, so in this instance, the air-conditioning would be better!

Simple Maintenance

Tyre pressures directly factor into the overall fuel-efficiency of your vehicle. The higher the tyre-pressure the less fuel is required to move the vehicle down the road. This doesn’t mean over-inflate your tyres as that would be dangerous and could risk a blow-out! It’s important to ensure your tyres are properly inflated to the correct pressures as indicated in your owner’s handbook, or usually marked inside the driver’s door by the lock.

Hopefully our Eddie Wright fuel-saving tips help you save some money on your fuel bills, and give you a little insight into driving efficiently. For more information, get in touch with the friendly team at our location in Scunthorpe, or click here to find a more efficient vehicle.

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