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Simple Techniques And Advice On How To Reduce Fuel Bills And Pollution

As I sit and write this post I have just paid £153.9 pence per litre for unleaded fuel at my local retailer. Very hard to believe that equates to £6.99 per gallon in very old money.

Whilst this recent hike is probably due to awful events happening in Eastern Europe, where so many people are experiencing many more concerns and worries than the cost of filling up their cars, however here are some simple techniques and advice on how to reduce your fuel bills and pollution:

  • Ensure that your car is serviced regularly for best fuel efficiency

  • Always use the correct engine oil specific to your vehicle. Most retailers will have guides or check your engine handbook.

  • Checking your tyre pressures regularly and especially before long journeys will help as under-inflated tyres will make your car use more fuel.

  • Don't be carrying around heavy items in your boot unless you need to of course. Driving with extra weight means using extra fuel.

  • Roof racks and boxes add to your fuel consumption due to their weight and increasing the 'frontal area' of the vehicle which destroys the aerodynamics. These are one of the biggest culprits in fuel costs. One report found an increase in fuel consumption of 50%; more typically drivers are spending between 10 and 25% more on fuel.

  • I am lucky enough to have eco mode on my learner vehicle as letting your vehicle idle again wastes fuel. Your engine will also warm up more quickly once you start driving

  • Modern navigation systems are brilliant at rerouting to avoid traffic queues so check these in advance before starting your journey.

Finally ask yourself this question; do you really need to take the car for this journey? Consider walking or cycling; they are better for you, your pocket and this planet.

Look out for my next blog looking at what you can do on the road to improve your fuel consumption.

I also offer Eco Lessons for fully qualified drivers.

Contact me here for further information.


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