How to make your fuel go further | UKCF

Have you considered that maybe you’re not utilising your fuel to its maximum capacity? There are many simple ways in which you can make your fuel go further! UK Car Finance have compiled a list of the ways you can get more bang for your buck when it comes to your petrol or diesel…

Change your filters regularly

This includes both your air and oil filter, they easily become clogged up over time and most drivers don’t even think about them in relation to fuel efficiency! When your air or oil filter is clogged it means your car has to work harder and use more fuel. You can either change them yourself at home (which could save you money) or have them cleaned at your next service. All the information you need about your oil and air filters can be found in your vehicle handbook.

Eliminate excess weight

It’s good to be prepared in terms of safety kits and emergency supplies however make sure that you’re not carrying an excessive amount of weight in your car. Every extra bit of weight that you don’t necessary need is costing you fuel and money! As well as using fuel, you also put additional strain on tyres, brakes and suspension pads.

Tyre pressure

The RAC recommends that you should check your tyre pressure at least once a week, this can save you money but ultimately save your life! Tyres that are under inflated can increase the amount of fuel as it creates more friction, so it’s important to keep your tyres topped up and in tip top condition! Tyre pressure can vary from the front and back so double check in your vehicle handbook for more information.

Plan your journey

It can be easy to jump in the car, turn on the engine and away you go! By simply planning your journey, you can save fuel. If you’re stuck at traffic lights or road works, it makes sense that having the engine running will use more fuel. The AA have stated that the general rule of thumb is that if you’re going to be standstill for more than two minutes, you should switch off your engine, which reduces demand on your battery and on fuel.

Drive smoothly

This may seem like an obvious one, but every time you put your foot down on the accelerator, you’re using fuel. Also, the harder you put your foot down, the more fuel you use! With this in mind, it is more economical for you to drive smoothly, within the speed limits and drive carefully. Ford have recently produced a study which shows that you can reduce your fuel costs and emissions by 25% if your driving style is smooth and safe.

Air conditioning vs windows

When to use your air conditioning usually depends on the speed you’re doing. Using air conditioning uses fuel and having your windows down causes drag which also uses fuel. When driving at low speeds, you should try to open your windows instead of using your air conditioning. There is less wind coming through your car at 30mph and below, making it more efficient than using air conditioning. If you’re driving at high speeds such as the national speed limit, it is more beneficial to use the air conditioning as the amount of drag that comes through your windows would make your car work harder.

Use cruise control where possible

When you drive at a constant speed, you won’t use any additional fuel. Set your cruise control at your vehicles most efficient speed. Cruise control helps save fuel when driving on a smooth flat surface also, hence why it is good for motorway driving. Cruise control is not recommended for uneven or roads with a gradient as it can increase your fuel consumption.

Combine your trips

If you make a lot of trips during the day at different times, this could be costing you fuel. When you’re out and about, try fitting all your journeys into one big trip to help you save fuel. Did you know that when your car has been parked for a few hours, it uses more fuel in the first few miles as the engine is cold and has to work harder? It’s much more economical to drive again when the engine is still warm.

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