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How to save fuel

In these uncertain economic times motorists are on the constant look-out for the best ways to keep their fuel costs down.

Here at ALA GAP Insurance we understand how important running costs are to drivers, so we have compiled a ‘How to save fuel’ guide to help point you in the right direction.

Fuel saving tips

Car Maintenance
  • Service your car to maintain its engine efficiency. Check your manufacturer's book to find your car’s maintenance schedule.
  • Check your engine oil to make sure that it meets the right specification for your car.
  • Check your tyre pressures are correct. Under-inflated tyres increases rolling resistance and use more fuel.
Pre journey tips
  • Remove unnecessary inside items - The heavier the vehicle, the more fuel it needs to run it. If you have unnecessary items in your car, such as golf clubs, tools or a buggy, remove them.
  • Remove outside clutter - Similarly wind resistance can increase fuel consumption, so if you’re not using your roof boxes or bikes racks, also remove them.
  • Avoid idling - In winter it is more efficient to scrape the ice off the windscreen, rather than leaving the engine on to melt the ice.
  • Plan your route – Getting lost isn’t just frustration, it results in longer journeys and wasted fuel.
  • Alternative methods – For short journeys you can’t get more fuel efficient than by walking or cycling instead of driving.
On your journey
  • Efficient driving – Heavy braking and acceleration wastes fuel. Ensure you drive smoothly by looking ahead and reading the road.
  • Driving up to lights – Rather than accelerating and braking at traffic lights, change down a gear and gradually decelerate to them.
  • Speed bumps – Braking and accelerating between speed bumps wastes fuel. Steady driving between bumps is much more fuel efficient.
  • Air-conditioning – It’s no secret that air-con units use additional fuel, especially at low speeds. If you do need to use it, air-conditioning is more efficient when the car is driving at high speeds. At lower speeds, opening the window is preferable.
  • Electronics – Headlights, sat-navs, sound systems and other in-car technology use fuel, so remember to switch them off when they’re not in use.
  • Speed limits – The faster you drive the more fuel you use, always remember to stick to the speed limits.
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