Making your fuel go further

Buying a car is expensive in itself, but then there's the running costs we all need to think about too. With the cost of fuel soaring, keeping your car moving is pricier than ever. But, there are a few things you can do to make your fuel go further.

    Clear out your car

    If you have a habit of leaving stuff in your car, have a spring clean. Extra weight will use up more fuel when driving.

    Even fuel itself is heavy, so have a think about whether you need to fill up that tank completely or not.

    While you’re there, if you have any roof racks or boxes attached, think about taking them off. They can cause drag which will use more fuel.

      Slow it down

      The faster you go, the faster you’ll see your fuel go. Think about slowing down sensibly to save yourself some pennies.

        Are you in the right gear?

        You’ll use up a lot more fuel if you’re driving at a higher speed in a low gear. Make sure you avoid high revs and switch to a higher gear earlier.

          Keep it calm

          Keep an eye on what’s happening up ahead so you can drive more smoothly. Lots of braking and accelerating just uses up more fuel.

          For example, if you leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front, you can change your speed much earlier without having to break unnecessarily.

            Keeping it cool

            Often it’s habit to just switch on the air con, but this will use up more fuel. Try to roll down the windows instead whenever you can.

              Save at a standstill

              If you’re stuck in traffic for more than a minute, switch off your engine. Most modern cars do this automatically these days, but one to watch if yours doesn’t.

                Check your tyres

                This may sound like common sense, but how often do you actually check your tyres? Be honest!

                You should check them at least once a month and before long journeys. Not only because low tyre pressure is really dangerous, but you’ll be using up a lot more fuel too.

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