The average price for a litre of fuel in the UK stands at about £1.34 for diesel and £1.24 for petrol according to the BBC News as of December 2018. The cost of fuel is going up and up, so instead of consigning yourself to forking out more money to keep your vehicle running though, Audi servicing providers Vindis has the following advice about how drivers can make the fuel in their set of wheels go further…
Combine multiple trips where possible
Driving a vehicle which hasn’t been running for a few hours uses up a lot more fuel as the engine is cold for about the first 5 miles of your journey. With this in mind, you should look to drive for as long as possible when the engine is warm instead of conducting several short trips with long gaps in between each one.
Here’s an example: If you have to pick your children up from school, go to the supermarket for some shopping and visit family, is it possible to do all 3 in one trip?
Maintain an aerodynamic design
When your car is subject to wind resistance it starts to consume more fuel, keeping the windows and sunroofs closed at all times, especially at high speeds can help to reduce the amount of resistance. Make sure to remove roof racks and boxes for storage when they aren’t being used as well — up to 20 per cent fuel can be saved on an annual basis by removing a cargo box from a vehicle’s roof alone!
The people who design motor vehicles are always looking into reducing the drag that a car has, therefore it makes sense for the driver of the vehicle to do that same.
Get rid of the unnecessary weight
The RAC claim that for every 50kg of weight in the car increases fuel consumption by to 2 per cent or so on average. So, the more stuff you have in your car the more fuel is going to be used. With this in mind, regularly look around your vehicle and get rid of the stuff you aren’t using. Will you really be using that set of golf clubs in the middle of winter? Or that pair of cross country running shoes in the middle of summer?
Fuel economy can be helped if you only fill your tank up half way, this reduces the weight your car is carrying and you’re not going to need upward of 300 miles for a trip to work and back.
Carry out some maintenance checks
If your car is working to its maximum potential and you’re keeping on top of all the maintenance checks then your car will be able to get you from A to B easier and by using less fuel. A regular service is highly recommended to achieve the best efficiency, while you need to be always using the correct specification of engine oil too — consult your manufacturer handbook to find the details you need here.
Before any long journey it’s important to check your tyre pressure, however, this should be done on a regular basis even if you aren’t travelling great distances as under inflated tyres will cause your vehicle to use more fuel. If they are inflated properly though, fuel consumption can be improved by up to 2%.
Become smoother with your driving
Not braking and accelerating as much can help you use less fuel. There will be times when it’s impossible for you to not brake heavily in case of an emergency — but you should be road savvy enough to be able to approach traffic lights at a gentler pace, for example, or smoothly get up a hill. If you’re stuck in heavy traffic that keeps stopping and starting there’s nothing you can do to improve your fuel economy, but if possible try and drive out of rush hour times. Perhaps you can head to an exercise class or gym that’s near your workplace instead of waiting until you get home, for instance.