Whether you drive one of the newest eco cars available or you’re driving a thirsty 4×4, it’s still possible to maximise your mileage by adjusting your driving style and routine.
Bear in mind the following when you grab your keys and head for the door:
If you find you’re always sitting in traffic, this is really bad for fuel consumption – unless you happen to have a car with stop start technology. The best course of action is to find a different way to get from A to B, and to travel at quieter times. This isn’t always possible but you might want to find out if you can change your work hours a little to avoid peak traffic times.
Take it easy
Don’t be an aggressive driver or you’ll end up stressed out about wasting money on fuel as well. Every time you accelerate too quickly or slam on the brakes you are wasting fuel. Instead, keep cool and pay attention to what’s happening ahead of you, so you can accelerate and brake gently. Your passengers will appreciate this change in your driving style too.
Empty the boot
Whatever you’re carrying in the car will add to your fuel consumption. Each extra pound of weight makes it harder work for the engine, so have a spring clean of the boot of the car, and you’ll end up needing to refuel less often. In the same vein, driving a car with the correct tyre pressures also uses less fuel, so make sure you check your tyres regularly.
These simple tips will help increase the mileage you get from your car, whatever you drive. This is as relevant for a Honda Insight as for a Range Rover, although of course, you’ve got a better starting point with the Insight.