Whilst petrol saving tips are always welcome, for those who have to drive, they are particularly important during the winter months. This is because as the temperature drops below approximately 4 degrees celsius vehicles become less efficient.
As a result of this it’s harder to get the miles from the fuel you put into your vehicle so here are just a few suggested tips to make your fuel go further in the run up to Christmas:
- Check your tyre pressure – Under inflated tyres can increase fuel consumption by up to 4% so check your tyres monthly. It is also important to note that under inflated tyres are not any better for grip then correctly inflated tyres during the winter. If grip is a problem changing to all season or winter tyres is far better.
- Maintain your vehicle – Vehicles which are running well work better, are better able to survive the winter and are more efficient so make sure you get your vehicle serviced regularly and check the oil and water.
- Know where you are going – With the festive season in full swing you’re likely to be making additional trips to visit family and friends. But with an estimated 350,000 tonnes of fuel wasted every year by drivers who are lost it’s always worth checking your route, particularly so you know which roads will be gritted.
- If you aren’t driving turn off the engine – Whilst it’s tempting to get the car or van warm before you get into it on a cold day it is important to remember that an idling vehicle continues to use fuel. Do make sure all your vehicle’s windows are free from ice, dirt or snow before driving away but once this has happened you are good to go.
- Combine journeys – Plan your errands so that you do them all whilst you’re already out. Not only does it mean that your car will already be warmed up and more efficient than a cold car but by planning a route it can also help minimise the distances travelled.
- Do you need to drive? – Internet shopping means that not only can you avoid trawling the high-street for gifts and visiting the supermarket to stock up on festive treats but you also save on petrol by not making the journey.
For more fuel saving ideas visit the Whitehill Bordon Driving pages or, for dedicated fuel savers, further techniques can be found by searching for Hypermiling online or visiting http://www.hypermiler.co.uk
For further winter driving advice visit the AA’s website for more information on Driving in Winter.