Top Tips for Economical Driving
|   Monday, November 18, 2013
Like most things, driving is getting more expensive for today's motorists with the cost of fuel constantly rising and repair bills leaving many of us reaching for the dreaded credit card to get the essential work done so we can get back on the road. This leaves us all looking for ways to save money on motoring costs, and with essential annual expenses like insurance, tax and MOTs, it can be particularly difficult to find that solution.

Modern vehicles such as those on sale at dealerships like
enningsmotorgroup.co.uk/keepcalm/" target="_blank">jenningmotorgroup.co.uk and others all around the world are now selling new and used cars that have been developed to be more economical to save money on fuel and to help the driver to get more miles per gallon of fuel they put into the tank, but it's down to the drivers themselves to ensure that they get the full value from each fill-up.

Balancing the way you drive with the amount of fuel you use can make a huge difference to how much money you spend on petrol or diesel each month, as well as on your insurance bills. For instance, if reducing your speed helps you to save fuel, it will also reduce the risk of you being involved in an accident and making a claim, and that – in turn – will reduce your insurance costs. The same is true with "black box" insurance that will monitor the way you drive and quote you accordingly for your monthly or annual insurance, so it really does pay to drive economically.

One way of driving more economically is to perform some relatively simple yet essential maintenance on your car. Ensuring that it is in peak condition will help to get the very best out of every moving part, helping it to run smoothly. Regular servicing will make sure that everything under the bonnet, such as the filters, are in the best possible condition, helping to keep dirt out of the fuel system and other areas of the engine clean, as dirt affects the performance of the engine. Changing the oil at the recommended time will also help, as well ensuring that you use the correct type of oil. This information can be found in the owner's handbook and will prevent a decrease in efficiency and also reduces the risk of major engine damage.

Believe it or not, the tyres play a huge role in fuel economy. If the tyres are under inflated, the engine has to work harder to reach speeds that the driver might assume to be relatively easy to get up to. A statistic released by tyre manufacturer Goodyear shows that a tyre that is 20% under inflated will force the car to use 10% more fuel.

Preparing your car for the specific journey will also help, as you can dispose of any unnecessary weight. The more you have inside the car, the more power is needed to transport it all. Thousands of motorists carry items that they don't necessarily need for hundreds of miles, which will be slowly but surely sapping the fuel in the car.

Without a doubt, however, the best thing you can do to improve your fuel efficiency is to adapt your driving style. Drivers who are ‘heavy footed' use much more fuel, so make small adjustments to your speed rather than slamming your foot on the accelerator pedal as soon as you get the chance to do so. Gearing is another major flaw to fuel economy, with people leaving it far beyond 3000rpm before they change gear when this is possibly the limit in terms of the ideal time to change up through the gearbox.

When going downhill, you can back off the accelerator to let gravity and momentum do the work for you, rather than accelerating and using more fuel, and then having to brake hard at the bottom of the hill – which will also use fuel.
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