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We’re driving experts – here are our top tips for saving fuel…they’re all free and easy to do


DRIVING EXPERTS have shared their top tips for saving fuel – they are all free and easy to do.

With the cost of living crisis in full swing, drivers are looking for ways to reduce petrol consumption.

Driving experts have shared their top tips for saving fuel

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Driving experts have shared their top tips for saving fuelCredit: GETTY_HUB

Experts at Which? have shared tips on ensuring your fuel gets you as far as possible with simple but efficient driving tips.

These tips include all sorts of easy changes, from altering how sharply your brake is to air conditioning and tyre pressure checks.

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Braking

Experts say it doesn’t matter what type of car you own, smooth driving and preserving momentum will improve your overall fuel economy.

The top tip is to look further ahead so you can better anticipate traffic and reduce unnecessary acceleration and braking.

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Shifting gears

If you drive a manual car, you should shift up your gears as early as possible.

Otherwise, your engine will be working too hard.

Automatic cars come with an ‘Eco’ driving mode, which will alter when the gearbox shifts to minimise consumption.

Air conditioning

On colder days, it’s better to drive your car immediately rather than letting it warm up.

Air conditioning and heated seats are heavy power consumers, and regular use can affect your fuel bills.

However, modern engines warm up very quickly and more efficiently.

Tyre pressure

It’s essential to check the tyre pressure regularly.

If they are under-inflated, they can make the engine work harder, causing a lower fuel efficiency.

It’s advisable to check your wheel alignment at a garage from time to time.

Potholes and bumps can cause gradual misalignment, which increases energy consumption and tyre wear.

Sat Navs and ‘eco-routes’

Trusting the navigation device on the dashboard could also be the perfect recipe to save on fuel.

Newer devices and apps can help you to avoid fuel-sapping traffic jams.

They can also calculate ‘eco’ routes, designed to be the most economical way to your destination.





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