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According to experts, the average driver could save over £84 a year by driving more economically, but 1 in 3 drivers admit they don’t use ‘eco-driving’techniques.
Research carried out by Barclaycard Fuel+, states that older drivers are more likely to waste fuel, while drivers aged 17 to 24 are the most ‘eco-savvy‘ behind the wheel.
Research also revealed that the majority of drivers are only willing to walk one mile before they choose to use their car – with 51% saying they would drive if they had to travel for more than a mile!
Making a few simple changes, as outlined below, can prevent fuel wastage and help to save you money.
1. Use the handbrake when waiting at traffic lights and in traffic jams. Using the clutch/ accelerator uses more fuel.
2. Plan journeys well in advance and has a backup route ready in case of bad traffic. By planning the quickest, the most fuel-efficient route you will save time and money.
3. Don’t use air conditioning or heating unless you really need it.
4. Drive in the correct gear and accelerate smoothly. The perfect way to travel is at a constant speed (ideally around 50mph when this isn’t breaking speed limits), and in the highest gear (five or six).
5. Remove roof racks/roof boxes and unload any equipment when it is not needed. The heavier your vehicle the higher your fuel consumption.
6. Check tyres are inflated to the correct pressure. The lower the tyre pressure, the more fuel the car needs to be able to move. Regular tyre maintenance checks are essential in reducing fuel costs AND keeping yourself safe on the road.
7. Keep the sunroof and windows closed (unless you really need them open).
8. Use cruise control when appropriate.
9. Avoid harsh and unnecessary acceleration (for example when approaching lights or traffic knowing you need to stop).
10. Drive smoothly along roads with speed bumps to avoid unnecessary acceleration and deceleration.