Whilst there are issues with fuel supplies across the country, we thought it would be helpful to provide some advice in relation to efficient driving to assist you to be more economical with your fuel use.

There are a number of simply tips which when applied can lead to significant reduction in fuel consumption:

1. Lighten the load

If you are carrying around unnecessary weight it obviously makes your vehicle heavier. The heavier your car the more fuel it needs to move around. Make sure you remove items from the car if you are not needing them.

2. Keep it smooth

Try to avoid driving erratically. If you pull away smoothly and move up through the gears quickly and try to maintain a constant speed then you will preserve fuel more efficiently.

3. Is the trip necessary?

For many the daily commute is unavoidable. Since the outbreak of the pandemic, home working has become far more common. Is it necessary for you to drive to work each day or are you able to work from home on occasions? In addition, it is necessary to make the trip at the weekend? Could you walk to the newsagents rather than drive?

4. Turn off the air conditioner

Having the air conditioning on in the vehicle uses fuel. Often people have the air conditioning on all through the year. If you turn it off when it is not required then a fuel saving can be made.

5. Check your tyre pressure

Regularly checking your tyre pressure can assist in fuel economy. The lower the tyre pressure the more fuel the car needs to move forward. You can check what your tyre pressure should be either by searching it online or generally the figures can be found near the lock inside the driver’s door.

6. Close your windows

Leaving the windows or sunroof open particularly when driving at speed creates significant drag which leads to an increase in fuel to move the vehicle forward.

7. Change gear earlier

Most modern vehicles have indicators which advise you to change gear. If you follow the indication given this would lead to a significant reduction in fuel use.



About the author

Callum is the head of the Motor and Transport team.  He is a solicitor with over 15 years of experience dealing with road traffic and transport matters.