The 10 best fuel saving tips every driver should know

Fuel prices are soaring to record highs, with the average hatchback now costing around £10 to fill up, and there seems to be no end in sight.

RAC fuel expert Simon Williams said: “Wholesale fuel prices have already increased dramatically, so further increases in pump prices are inevitable.”

Anyone who is prioritizing their plans to buy an electric vehicle (EV) might want to think twice too. The cost of nickel, an essential component of batteries, has risen to record highs as a result of the Ukraine war, which is likely to drive up the price of new electric vehicles. Demand for used models is also likely to skyrocket after rising fuel prices.

And even if you buy an electric vehicle, electricity prices go up. Here are 10 tips that will cut your fuel bills when using petrol or diesel. Most of them also apply to electric vehicles to extract valuable battery charge.

Think of the gas pedal as a tap

The harder you step on the accelerator, the more fuel – whether petrol, diesel or electricity – flows, like opening a faucet. So the harder you accelerate, the more fuel you use. It also means you use more fuel if you’re in a gear that’s too high, say fourth instead of third, and have to press the accelerator hard down to maintain momentum than if you’re pedaling in a lower gear actuate.

Start with weight control

The more a car weighs, the more fuel it uses to move. Take out the tool box you never use and the golf clubs that only come out on the weekends and you’ll be amazed at how much weight you save. Experts have calculated that if you reduce the overall weight of your car by 5 percent, it takes 5 percent less energy to accelerate to a given speed.

Don’t be a speed freak

The faster you drive, the more fuel you use. Driver training expert Paul Ripley said: “If you drive 130 km/h instead of 70 km/h on the motorway, you use about 25 percent more fuel due to the wind resistance of the car.

“When I drive on the Autobahn, I turn on the cruise control and stay at 105 km/h. I even use cruise control in some 30 mph zones when there isn’t much other traffic around. Stick to the speed limit and you will be amazed at how much less fuel you use after a year.”

Be a windcheater

Automakers spend millions of hours and pounds making cars as streamlined as possible. Because the easier a car glides through the air, the less fuel it consumes. Counterproductively, they then add sunroofs and offer roof racks and boxes as options. And we often drive around with the windows down, which increases drag.

Nobody speaks against taking a roof box with you on holiday. But if you don’t need it for your daily commute, take it off. And drive with the sunroof closed. The sound of air rushing by will cost you money.

The best way to stay cool

What uses more fuel: open windows or switched on air conditioning? It really depends on how fast you drive. The Society of Automotive Engineers in the USA studied the effects on the economy of driving with the windows open and the air conditioning on.

It turns out that under 45 mph with the windows open it uses less fuel than with air conditioning. If you exceed this speed, the additional drag from the air caused by the open windows will outweigh the fuel consumption of the air conditioning. The 10 best fuel saving tips every driver should know

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