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Eco Driving

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Making a few small changes to the way you drive your car can have an impact on your car’s fuel efficiency, which in turn will contribute to a reduction in pollution and emission levels.

Follow these simple steps to improve the efficiency of your vehicle:
  • Drive smoothly, avoiding harsh acceleration and heavy breaking wherever possible
  • Changing to a higher gear as soon as possible can reduce fuel consumption by 15%
  • Drive off immediately when starting from cold as idling to heat the engine wastes fuel and causes rapid engine wear
  • Remove the roof rack when not in use as they increase drag significantly
  • Use air conditioning sparingly as it significantly increases fuel consumption
  • Avoid using the car for short journeys as a cold engine uses almost twice as much fuel while catalytic converters can take five miles to become effective
  • Sticking to the speed limits can make your fuel go further, driving at 70mph uses up to 30% more fuel than at 50mph
  • Plan your journeys to avoid congestion, roadworks or getting lost
  • Check your tyre pressure regularly as under-inflated tyres wear out more quickly and can increase fuel consumption by up to 3%
  • If you are stuck in traffic, switch off your engine while stationary for any length of time.

Source: Energy Saving Trust. For more information visit The Energy Saving Trust or call 0845 602 1425.

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This page was last reviewed 29 May 2013 at 15:01.
The page is next due for review 25 November 2014.