Economical Driving

If you’re worried about your fuel supply or the rising costs of fuel, you might not know that you can actually save a significant amount of money simply through economical driving. It’s possible to save as much as 30p per litre with each litre of petrol you purchase if you simply put a few fuel efficient techniques into practice. This article will review some of these tips to get you started on a more economical drive the next time you step into your car, no matter what you drive.

Perhaps the first and most important technique to try is to drive smoothly. This might seem obvious, but it’s amazing how many people don’t think of it while on the motorway. The truth of the matter is that the more time it takes you to speed up and slow down, the less damage you’ll do to your fuel tank. Try to drive as if you’re trying a deck of cards from slipping off the dash; it might sound silly, but that’s about as fast as you want to be accelerating and decelerating.

You can make things easier for yourself by looking ahead when you’re driving and trying to anticipate what’s going on further down the road as well as you can. This will help keep needless acceleration and braking down to a minimum, which will not only save you petrol but wear and tear on your car body, your suspension, your tyres, and your brakes. If you take nothing else from
this advice, try to remember to drive more smoothly the next time you’re behind the wheel.

A second technique to try is to take your foot off the accelerator when you’re not actively trying to speed up. This is particularly handy when you’re either slowing down or driving down a slope. The truth is that every single second you spend with your foot on the pedal is a second you spend pumping petrol into your motor, and if you aren’t trying to speed up, it simply doesn’t make sense to send that extra petrol out your exhaust. Keep your foot off the pedal if you aren’t trying to speed up, and you’ll be rewarded with fewer trips to fill up.

A good tactic to try along with keeping your foot off the accelerator when you’re not accelerating is taking your foot off the pedal as soon as you can and shifting into neutral. This is because your car continues to use up a small amount of petrol in the motor whenever you’re in drive when you’re in a car with an automatic transmission. This is part of why cars tend to creep forward whenever you’re in drive, even if you’re not trying to move forward. Shifting into neutral won’t cut off your fuel supply, but it will reduce it just a little bit, and that little bit can add up to big savings if you remember to do this consistently.

Following these tips won’t make you immune to the price of petrol, but it will make trips to the petrol station a little less painful.