How to Improve Your mpg

1 - Drive smoothly

Driving by aggressively accelerating or braking wastes fuel - up to 60% more in fact! When pulling away from the lights, try to accelerate gently.

2 - Read the road ahead

When driving, try to look ahead and read the conditions of the road - look out for anything that might require you to slow down or stop such as traffic lights or someone attempting to park. By anticipating what is coming up, you'll not only be a safer driver, but you'll save fuel by starting to slow down early and not needing to come to a stop.

3 - Don't rev the engine!

Revving the engine whilst stationary does nothing except waste fuel!

4 - Use the gears sensibly

Correct use of gears can make huge savings on your fuel use of up to 15%! Make sure you change up into a higher gear as soon as it’s possible and safe to do so.

5 - Stick to the limit

Doing 80mph on the motorway will use between 10% and 20% more fuel than doing 70mph. For a 20 mile motorway journey, driving at 80mph will only save you about 2 minutes compared to driving at 70mph anyway!

If you're not in a hurry to get anywhere, doing 70mph will use between 20% and 30% more fuel than doing 50mph - suddenly being stuck behind a lorry doesn't seem so bad!

6 - Don't "warm up" the engine

When starting on cold mornings, don't leave your car running to warm it up. It causes unnecessary engine wear, as well as wasting fuel.

7 - Turn off the Air Conditioning

Air Conditioning is great in the hot summer months, but only use it when you really need to and just use the blowers the rest of the time - try to avoid opening the windows when driving at speed as this can increase aerodynamic drag which will waste more fuel.

10 November 2008 Staff

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