Save Money on Fuel this Bank Holiday weekend

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As we gear up for the May bank holiday weekend the price of fuel is on the minds of most drivers, so here are some ways you can save this weekend

According to a recent survey motorists could see themselves better off to the tune of £800 a year by applying four simple fuel saving measures

These are:

  • Removing the roof-top cargo box (20 per cent)
  • Shopping around for fuel (7 per cent)
  • Checking and optimising tyre pressures every month (4 per cent)
  • Removing excess weight from inside the car (2 per cent)

The survey of 5,700 people  showed that 76 per cent of motorists do not regularly check tyres, 38 per cent never remove roof storage equipment, 18 per cent never shop around, and 17 per cent always leave extra items in the car.

The poll also revealed further opportunities to cut fuel consumption – 71 per cent of drivers admit breaking speed limits, 42 per cent never choose the most economical route, 39 per cent drive aggressively, and 14 per cent leave the air conditioning on all the time.

 

So save yourself some money this May Bank holiday  with some more fuel saving tips

 

  • One of the easiest and most effective ways to conserve fuel is to change driving styles. Change up into a higher gear as soon as its possible, correct use of gears can save you up to 15% of your fuel bill
  • Switch off your engine if you have to wait longer than 60 seconds.
  • Driving just 5 mph over the speed limit can affect fuel consumption by 23% , the most fuel efficient speed is 45–50 mph
  • Don’t rev the engine! Revving the engine whilst stationary does nothing except waste fuel.
  • Plan Ahead, anticipate stop signs and lights, the less you have to stop, the better your fuel economy.
  • Use air con sparingly but at speeds of over 50 mph, use of air conditioning is better than an open window.
  • Don’t linger in low gears Getting into the highest gear you can, at the lowest possible speed, will save you fuel.
  • Use cruise control during extended trips on motorways, you save fuel by maintaining a consistent speed.
  • Service your car regularly.
  • Keep your tank full. Fuel that sloshes around in the empty space in your tank tends to vaporize and eventually leaks away.
  • Downsize: If you’re shopping for new transport, re-evaluate how much car you really need.
  • Consolidate your shopping trips and use the car prudently. The more you drive, the more fuel you use, especially on short trips.
  • Experiment with routes and departure times to see where you can save.
  • Use your handbrake on hills. Riding the clutch wastes fuel and dramatically reduces the life of the clutch. With an automatic transmission, use your handbrake, not the accelerator, to hold against an incline.
  • Avoid travelling during rush hour: That helps to reduce fuel-gulping patterns such as starting, stopping and idling.
  • Where possible avoid rough roads. Dirt and gravel can cause an increase in fuel consumption of up to 30%.

 

Geraldine Herbert

28th April, 2017

 

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert is the founder of wheelsforwomen. A jury member for the International Women’s World Car of the Year, she has been a motoring journalist for over ten years and is the motoring expert for Good Housekeeping Magazine and their “Women at the Wheel” section of goodhousekeeing.co.uk. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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