Filling up your car with fuel can be quite costly, especially with the recent hike in prices. Finding ways to reduce costs will be helpful for a lot of people, so we have put together a few top tips to show you how to get the best fuel economy for your car.
Drive on correctly inflated tyres
It is important to regularly check your tyre pressure because under-inflated tyres could be causing your miles per gallon (MPG) to drop. Make sure that before any long journey you top up your tyre pressure, because it can make a considerable difference to your fuel costs on those long trips.
If you don’t travel far that often, be sure to check your pressure at least once a month. To find out more on tyre pressure and looking after your tyres, click here for our full blog on the subject.
Should you let your car warm up?
Warming up your car in the winter is a habit a lot of people have. However, cars these days do not need to be warmed up for long periods of time before a journey.
Keeping your car running for 5 or more minutes before setting off for every journey will result in higher use of fuel. Modern cars realistically only need a minute or two to warm up before you head off. If icy conditions, it is perfectly alright to give time for the de-misting or heating systems to ensure good vision.
Drive at a steady speed
Constant changes in acceleration and deceleration will result in more use of fuel, as you will need to press down on the accelerator more often. Be sure to maintain a steady speed whenever you can, especially on long journeys such as on the motorway. That way you will guarantee more miles per gallon.
It is said that the best speed for optimal MPG is 55-65mph, so be sure to keep that in mind for your future travels. Subject to the prevailing speed zone, of course.
Don’t carry unnecessary weight
Driving with a heavy load in your car will have a bearing on your fuel consumption, as your car has to work harder to transport the extra weight. So be sure to only carry what is necessary for a journey.
If your work car is also your family car, remember to take out all your equipment for your family trips away at the weekend. The extra luggage can add up, causing you to use more fuel over time.
Tivoli Auto Services
We are an independent garage based in Hastings. If you have any issues with your car, or need a new service and MOT, get In touch with us and a member of our friendly team will be happy to help.
Contact us today on 01424 442277 to have your car booked in. We are here to give any advice to help you get the most out of your vehicle.