Across the UK, the cost of fuel just seems to keep on increasing. In fact, BBC News reported that the average price of a litre of fuel throughout the nation was about £1.34 for diesel and £1.24 for petrol as of the start of December 2018. Struggling to make ends meet in order to remain on the road? VW service providers Vindis is here to help, as they have a set of tips so that you can make the fuel in your car go a lot further…
Save fuel by becoming smoother with your driving
Reduce the amount of time you brake and then accelerate, and you’ll notice you use a lot less fuel as a result. Obviously, there will be times when you’ll need to slow your vehicle down — or to a sudden standstill in the event of an emergency — but you should be road savvy enough to be able to approach traffic lights at a gentler pace, for example, or smoothly get up a hill.
Being stuck in heavy traffic that is always causing you to stop and start your vehicle will also prove detrimental to your fuel economy. Therefore, if it’s possible try and get around having to commute in the rush hour. Perhaps you can head to an exercise class or gym that’s near your workplace instead of waiting until you get home, for instance.
Save fuel by carrying out some maintenance checks
A car that is in tip-top condition should be able to get you to any destination while using less fuel than one that seems to be running on its last legs. A regular service is highly recommended to achieve the best efficiency, while you need to be always using the correct specification of engine oil too — consult your manufacturer handbook to find the details you need here.
On a regular basis and ahead of any long road trip, check tyre pressures too. This is because tyres which are under inflated will force your car into having to use more fuel. Correctly inflated tyres, meanwhile, could improve fuel consumption by up to two per cent in context, according to the RAC.
Save fuel by combining multiple trips where you can
A car’s engine will be cold if it’s been parked up for a number of hours. As a result, it’ll take a lot more fuel to be used for around the first five miles of you heading out onto the road to warm it up. With this in mind, you should look to drive for as long as possible when the engine is warm instead of conducting several short trips with long gaps in between each one.
Let’s put this advice into context. If you do the school run in the morning, have to go to the supermarket for the weekly shop sometime during the day and visit some family, can you not do all three during one stint away from your home?
Save fuel by getting rid of any unnecessary weight
You’ll be using more fuel with every item that you have packed into your vehicle. Every 50kg increases your fuel consumption by two per cent on average, claims the RAC. With this in mind, regularly look around your vehicle and get rid of the stuff you aren’t using. Will you really be using that set of golf clubs in the middle of winter? Or that pair of cross country running shoes in the middle of summer?
Not needing to head out on a long road trip? Fuel economy can also be helped by only filling half your car’s tank with fuel — this substance adds to the weight after all, and you’re not going to need 300+ miles worth of petrol or diesel just to complete a half-hour commute to and from work.
Save fuel by maintaining an aerodynamic design
Wind resistance can cause more fuel to be consumed as well. Therefore, it’s best to keep windows and sunroofs closed especially when you’re travelling at high speeds. Make sure to remove roof racks and boxes for storage when they aren’t being used as well — up to 20 per cent fuel can be saved on an annual basis by removing a cargo box from a vehicle’s roof alone!
Aerodynamics are analysed by designers when they are first putting together your set of wheels. These designers will be looking for ways to reduce the drag that a car possesses, so it makes sense that drivers should be maintaining that aerodynamic design too.