According to Confused.com as of the 19th September 2019, the average price for a litre of unleaded petrol was 127.9p and the average price for a litre of diesel was 131.6p. And due to the recent drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s state-owned oil company Aramco, who supply 10% of the worlds oil, fuel prices are only going to increase.
So, with the cost of filling your tank only set to rise what can you do to get the most MPG from your car?
Apart from the obvious reasons that speeding is against the law and dangerous to both yourself and other road users, it is also not very fuel friendly. Going at 80mph on the motorway, for example, instead of the national speed limit of 70mph can use up to 25% more fuel. By going fast in built up areas will also involve a lot more breaking, which is not energy efficient. Pulling away hard at traffic lights also uses more fuel.
Try to drive smoothly, accelerate gently and change gear at the right time, and most importantly stick to the speed limit. By doing this you will get more miles to the gallon.
Check your petrol cap
If your petrol cap is not a good fit or doesn’t seal like it should then your fuel will evaporate. Next time you fill up check the cap fits tightly, if it doesn’t buy a replacement as in the long run it will save you money.
Plan your journeys better
Your car uses more fuel when its engine is cold. It takes around 5 miles before it gets up to running temperature and once a car is parked it only takes a few hours before the engine is cold again. By doing all your errands and runs-out one after the other, rather than splitting them up during the day, will mean more time in the car when the engine is warm and running at maximum efficiency.
You might even want to consider walking to the local shop rather than driving – this not only saves fuel but provides exercise and helps keep you fit.
Take the weight off & streamline
If your boot or back seat is full of rubbish or items that just don’t need to be there then remove them. By making your car heavier means it will use more fuel. Every extra 50kg of weight in the vehicle means that your fuel economy is reduced by 2%.
Streamlining your car will also help increase your MPG. When you are not using them remove roof racks and top boxes to make your car more aerodynamic.
Keep your car well maintained
A well-maintained car works better and will use less fuel. Make sure you keep your vehicle up together and get it serviced regularly. A dirty air filter, for example, will dramatically decrease fuel economy and is one of the key items replaced during a service.
Check your fluid levels and your tyre pressures at least once a week and especially before a long journey. Keeping your car in tip top shape will make sure it runs at its optimum fuel efficiency.
If you need any help or advice regarding making your car more fuel efficient then please give DCS Bristol Ltd a call. Call for an appointment on 0117 972 4343 or email firstname.lastname@example.org