How to be an energy efficient driver

Posted on 2nd September 2016 by Alex Heys

Summer is finally here, and Britain is finding itself in the midst of a ‘staycation’ boom. Millions of us are planning to spend our holidays on home soil, while overseas tourists are being lured over by the favourable exchange rate. As a result, our cities, beach resorts and rural beauty spots are preparing for a bumper summer.

Staycations are great, but getting to and from your destination can be a nightmare, especially if you’re driving. Our motorways are typically congested; we’re often hit with unplanned road-works and petrol prices are on the up.

Depending on the car you drive, your fuel consumption will vary, but there are a number of things you can do to reduce your energy use, which will ultimately save you money and help the planet. Here are some top tips to help you be an energy efficient driver this summer:

1. Plan ahead

It sounds simple, but planning ahead is one of the best ways to keep your journey as fuel efficient as possible: travel outside of peak times, check the traffic before you leave and make sure you know your route to avoid getting lost. If possible, combine short trips such as the school run and food shopping to save on time and petrol expenses.

2. Lighten your load

The more you pack in your car, the more fuel you’ll need. In fact carrying around extra 10 stone of stuff can reduce fuel efficiency by nearly three per cent. To be as fuel efficient as possible, refrain from over packing and travel light.

3. Maintenance

Under-inflated tyres create more rolling resistance and can therefore cause fuel consumption to increase by as much as six per cent. Make sure you’re checking them regularly; your handbook will provide guidance for the best pressure for your load.

4. Driving tips:

Finally, the team at the AA has put together a few handy tips to keep in mind when you’re actually behind the wheel:

  • Maintain a steady speed at low RPM
  • Drive smoothly, accelerate gently and read the road ahead to avoid unnecessary braking
  • Avoid stopping and starting, keep the car rolling when possible
  • Stick to the speed limits: the faster you go the greater the fuel consumption. Driving at 70mph uses up to 9% more fuel than at 60mph and up to 15% more than at 50mph. Cruising at 80mph can use up to 25% more fuel than at 70mph

Alex Heys Author: Alex Heys Google+
Head of Marketing and Communications at Flow: A true believer in the power of words and the importance of the experience.


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