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Get the Most Out of Your Fuel

Author: Jenny Best  //  Category: Auto Reviews

In this day and age, you’d have to be either very wealthy or completely mad not to watch your pennies each and every time you reach for your wallet. In much of the world, the cost of living is going through the roof, whilst wages are remaining comparatively static. Naturally, if we can save money wherever we can, this could substantially ease the effect of the economic turmoil, of which much of Europe and beyond is experiencing.

One thing that everyone should make a conscious effort to do is to keep a close eye on fuel consumption when driving. Many of us, often without even knowing, will waste a considerable amount of fuel, simply because we do not follow a few simple rules. Here are a few things you can do to make sure that you use your precious car fuel wisely.

If you drive with your windows open, you are creating a greater drag force on the car as it moves along. This means that more fuel is needed to power the car along. Simply by closing your windows, the car is more streamline and requires less fuel to move it along the road.

As a very general rule, the faster you drive, the greater the amount of fuel your car consumes. This is particularly true when you reach high speeds in your car. When you travel at 70mph, statistics show that you are likely to use around 25% more fuel than if you stick to between 50-60mph. If you drive aggressively (quick acceleration/deceleration), then your car will use considerably more fuel than if you drive smoothly and steadily. Avoid racing to beat the traffic lights – it’s a safer style of driving and it’s more economical.

Perhaps a no-brainer, but if you’re able to pre-empt being stationary for more than a couple of minutes, you should turn your engine off completely. The number of people who don’t do this is staggering. Also, when stationary for a short amount of time, don’t rev the engine unnecessarily. It serves very little purpose, unless you’ve just started the engine and need to warm it up.

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