When you're driving, there are lots of ways to save fuel without sacrificing your safety or comfort. Many people don't realise that the way they drive can have a big impact on their mileage and overall fuel consumption. Follow these simple tips for better fuel economy!
Idling a car is the worst way to burn fuel. Not only does it waste fuel but idling also increases emissions and causes wear on your car's engine. The EPA estimates that unnecessary engine idling costs drivers £2.6billion per year in wasted fuel.
So when you're stopped for more than 30 seconds at a traffic light or in traffic, turn off the engine and save money! A recent study by AAA found that turning off an idling vehicle after three minutes of waiting can save up to 2 litres of petrol per hour—that’s nearly £3.30 worth of fuel each day!
Appropriate gear shifting
When the engine is at its most efficient, shift up. For example, the best time to shift from third gear to fourth is when your speedometer reads somewhere between 25 and 50 mph. When driving on a flat road without any wind or hills, this will be easy to measure.
If your engine is working less efficiently than normal—for instance, in traffic jams where you're not able to accelerate above 4th gear—then try shifting down earlier (and vice versa).