1. FIND CHEAPER FUEL Use a comparison site such as www.petrolprices.com to find the cheapest unleaded, diesel and LPG fuels nearest to your postcode.
2. DON’T OVER REV YOUR ENGINE When driving, accelerate gradually without over-revving. When speeding up, do so smoothly, as pressing harder on the accelerator will result in increased fuel flow.
4. TURN OFF YOUR AIR CONDITIONING / CLIMATE CONTROL Fuel consumption can be increased by the use of air-conditioning, so make sure it's turned off unless you really need it. This also applies to climate control, although this doesn’t use as much fuel as manual air conditioning systems.
5. ANTICIPATE ROAD CONDITIONS TO DRIVE MORE EFFICIENTLY Drive smoothly, avoiding sharp acceleration and heavy braking – this saves fuel and reduces accident rates. Drive off as soon as you start up and switch off the engine as soon as you reach your destination. Switch off the engine if you're going to be at a standstill for a reasonable amount of time, for example, when stuck in stationary traffic.
7. REMOVE ACCESSORIES WHEN NOT IN USE Remove items such as roof racks, bike carriers and roof boxes when not required as these can significantly affect your car's aerodynamics and reduce fuel efficiency. The lighter your car is, the less effort it needs to accelerate. A roof rack, even unused, adds wind resistance to a car, increasing drag and making the engine work harder. Keep windows and sunroofs shut when driving on motorways, and don't carry unnecessary items in your vehicle, including the boot.
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