Alan’s Top Tips
Alan’s Top fuel economy tips to save fuel and money.
Making the most of our money and saving money tips, we think, a must in today’s world and cannot be a bad thing! Most motorists know the importance of keeping your vehicle in good condition, and how regular maintenance plays an important part in fuel efficiency. If you’re like us, you’ll have noticed your purse strings complaining a little more than usual every time you visit the forecourt lately, with fuel costs rising steeply across the country.
So, to help you reclaim a few pounds each and every time you fill up, we’ve compiled a list of 12 proven tips to improve your fuel efficiency and save you money – that can’t be a bad thing!
Check your tyre pressure
If you’re not checking your tyre pressure every week or two, and prior to taking long trips, you’re not only increasing the risk of an accident, you’re using too much fuel. Under-inflated tyres can reduce your fuel economy by a significant 5%, and can increase tyre wear by up to a massive 25%.
Buy better tyres
It’s a fact that cheap tyres are false economy. Buying the latest generation of low rolling-resistance tyres can reduce your fuel consumption by up to 5%. A long-term saving worth making in our book.
Listen for wheel noises
If you hear unusual noises coming from your wheels, it’s likely that you have worn-out wheel bearings or seized brake callipers and shoes. Any problem that creates extra friction on the wheel (remember, friction creates noise) is essentially like driving with the brakes on. Your fuel consumption will skyrocket.
Know when to use the Air Conditioning
Over time, your air conditioning system will lose gas pressure. This is important to know because a 50% decrease in pressure can raise fuel consumption by 5%. Did you know that your air conditioning becomes more economical at speeds over about 55mph compared to opening the window as a result of increased drag?
The importance of oil
Everyone knows that low oil level can seriously damage your engine, but what about the importance of clean oil? Changing the engine oil in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations will reduce the wear caused by friction of moving parts, and helps to reduce fuel consumption. Here at Marlborough Motors, we ALWAYS ensure that every car has the right, quality oil put in as standard. It’s false economy and bad practice not to and we believe that, in the long term, your car will suffer if we don’t use a quality product. Oil prices vary greatly so we will always ensure that we let every customer know exactly how much it will cost before we put new oil into your vehicle – we firmly support the no hidden extras and no surprises on any customer’s invoice.
Regular servicing pays for itself
Did you know that a clogged air filter alone can increase fuel consumption by as much as 10 per cent? Regular servicing can save you up to 15% in fuel costs. Think about how much you spend on the garage forecourt each year – a saving of 15% is not to be sniffed at!
Lighten your load
We’re all busy nowadays. We understand how tempting it is to leave regularly-used items in your car. But every 50kg of weight can increase your fuel usage by an extra 2%. A top tip is to only carry the things you need for each journey to stay light and economical.
Streamline your car
Did you know that roof racks and cycle carriers increase fuel consumption by up to a massive 20%? If you’re not using it for a journey, take it off.
Limit your speed
Next time you’re on the motorway, bear this in mind. Driving at 90mph – in addition to being dangerous and illegal – will cost you around £1.20 more in fuel for every eight minutes of travel compared to driving at 70mph.
Get in gear
By keeping your engine revs as low as possible, you’ll noticeably reduce your fuel usage. Explained in simple terms, a car cruising at 40mph can use up to 20% more fuel in fourth gear compared to sixth.
Take it easy
Making your car work harder than necessary increases fuel consumption. Accelerate gently and use engine braking wherever you can.
Avoid rough surfaces
If you don’t fancy increasing your fuel usage by up to 30%, avoid gravelly or heavy dirt surfaces. Choosing a route with smooth road surfaces is much more economical, even if it’s slightly longer.