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
- 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
- Use air conditioning sparingly as it significantly increases
- 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
- 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.