These days, fuel prices in the UK are at an all-time high and don’t show any signs of falling in the near future. We pay more for petrol and diesel than almost every other country in the world, so it’s important to make sure we get every last mile that we can out of our tanks. If you’re lucky enough to own a Lamborghini, Ferrari or some other petrol-guzzling supercar then chances are you couldn’t give a monkeys about maximising your fuel efficiency, but for the rest of you here are a list of our top tips for doing exactly that.
Fill Up In The Morning
Petrol and diesel are stored underground at the stations, and as such are both cooler in the morning – this is when they are most dense. When the ground is warmer they expand so the gallon you pay for is not actually a full gallon. The early bird catches the worm. Well, the cheapest petrol anyway.
Get A Smaller Car
Do you really need that huge 4×4? How often do you really need to transport seven passengers in your people carrier? Downsizing can save you £££s every year – smaller cars need much less fuel.
Electric cars are forever catching up with their petrol counterparts in terms of driveability, speed, range and appearance. You might have a hefty initial outlay, but you’ll make the money back in no time if you’re a high mileage driver.
All of us end up breaking the speed limit now and again, but if you’re the sort of person who races up to motorway speeds when the road is clear then you’ll be burning fuel faster than you should be. Get up into 5th gear and drive at low revs to maximise efficiency. This will also be good for the well-being of the vehicle and should save you money on MOT and servicing costs.
Dodge The City
Driving through the city means traffic, congestion, and stopping at lights. These all impact on the fuel efficiency of your car so if there’s an alternative route down a main road or country lane, opt for that one over the city.