You can save fuel by:
- Not “warming up” your engine - you don't need to!
- Driving smoothly: Accelerating and braking quickly waste fuel.
- Driving at 45-55mph. Compared to 70mph, you save 20% on fuel at 60mph and 30% at 50mph.
- Changing up a gear as soon as the car is ready (without exceeding 3000 revs).
- Not getting lost! 350,000 tonnes of fuel/year are wasted getting lost, plan your journey beforehand.
- Switching your engine off if you're going to sit in a queue for over 45 seconds. (In a car in a queue you're exposed to three times more pollution than people cycling or walking).
- Having the correct tyre pressure. Under-inflation by two bar can increase fuel consumption by 15%! Over-inflation can cause uneven wear and reduce your grip.
- Having a tuned engine, correctly-aligned wheels and an efficient catalytic converter.
- Opening your air vents rather than opening your windows (and sunroof).
- Not using air-con. It uses on average 15% more fuel. In diesels, it can use 40% more.
- Reducing weight in your car, (an empty roof rack can make you use 40% more fuel).
- Selling your car and buying one which is cheaper to run! It may cost you £1,000 more initially, but could save you £1,000 per year!
Transport Policy, Plans and Programmes team
Shirehall, Abbey Foregate