Ten tips to maximise your MPG...
Although there are many components of a vehicle which determine its fuel economy which, generally, the driver has little influence over on a day-to-day basis, there are many practical things which you can do to help maximise your MPG. What’s more, they are all absolutely free of charge, and help the environment too! Our top tips are listed below:
Harsh acceleration and braking have a dramatically negative effect on your fuel economy. Reading the road ahead to avoid last minute braking and using your gears sensibly will also help improve your fuel economy, as well as reducing wear and tear on your engine.
When driving on faster roads like motorways, sticking to the 60 or 70mph speed limit (or even driving slightly below it) will reduce the fuel you burn significantly.
Incorrect tyre pressures or underinflated tyres increase friction, meaning the engine has to work harder to propel the car forward, and will hence use more fuel. Under-inflated tyres wear out quicker too!
Maintain your car
A well maintained engine will be working at its optimum efficiency, meaning your fuel will be working efficiently for you too!
Turn air-conditioning off
In simple terms, when it isn’t warm, don’t use your air conditioning as it uses fuel from the engine to chill/heat the air. Remember to turn on your air conditioning every now and again though to ensure the filters don’t clog up!
No Short Trips
A cold engine uses almost twice as much fuel as a warm one. Take a walk to pick up your Sunday papers – its healthier too!
The more wind resistance, or "drag", your car generates the more fuel is used to move your car forward. Keeping windows closed when driving, removing roof and bicycle racks and removing any accessories such as sports flags from windows really will help your cars’ fuel economy.
Removing any unnecessary weight, such as luggage in the boot, or clutter in the car, will help keep your car as light as possible, and the lighter a car, the less fuel is used moving it forward.
Plan your route
Checking your route before you set off can help you avoid jams, helping reduce the time spent idling in queues, which wastes fuel. A well planned route will also help you from getting lost – again helping to limit wasting fuel.
Turn it off
All electrical appliances increase fuel consumption; so turn off when not in use. In addition, leaving the engine idling offers zero miles per gallon – turn off the engine if you’re likely to be at a standstill for more than a couple of minutes.