A few tips to help save money by keeping your fuel costs down

  • Ensure your car is well maintained. – A poorly tuned engine could be using up a lot more fuel.
  • Keep your tyres properly inflated – Low pressure means excessive fuel use
  • Travel at times when queues are shortest. – Sitting in congestion uses up more fuel.
  • Eliminate short journeys if practical. – Walk or cycle to the end of the road to pick up the paper.
  • Don’t carry unnecessary weight. Check you have got only the essentials in your boot and take off the roof rack if you don’t need it.
  • Look at the option of car sharing with friends and family, particularly on the school run.
  • The majority of cars run at their most efficient at 60mph. Every 5mph above that you drive, you will lose six per cent of your fuel economy.
  • Make sure you know where you are going before you set off. An estimated 350,000 tonnes of fuel is wasted every year by drivers who are lost.
  • Consider changing your car to a smaller, greener model.
  • Turn off electronics – Your electrical items consume fuel too. Switch off air conditioning, demisters and headlights when they are not needed.
  • Driving smoothly is much more efficient. Hard acceleration and sudden braking could use up to 40 per cent more fuel. Your driving technique is the single most important factor in fuel consumption.