As the UK battles a cost of living crisis, vehicle fuel consumption is becoming a growing concern. The RAC found that the average cost of unleaded would cost drivers £1.63 per litre. Combine that with experts predicting inflation could hit 12% before the end of the year, making sure drivers manage their gas mileage will be crucial to saving money.
In addition to this, there are a number of things that can increase a car’s fuel mileage.
With this in mind, the experts at the leading car dealership Fleets revealed some of the best ways to reduce fuel consumption for drivers.
Pay attention to how you drive: speed limits, braking, necessity, etc.
Since motorists are driving and their foot is on the accelerator, they burn a lot of gasoline to reach and maintain high speeds.
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Turning it on while driving is much more effective at cooling the main cabin.
Likewise, it’s a good idea to drive with the windows open for a little while before turning on the air conditioning to let the hot air out rather than just recirculating what’s already inside the car.
But when driving at low speeds, lowering the windows is better for air circulation. This means drivers can save AC power for long highway trips.
Reassess the efficiency of the car
This point could be seen as a bit simplistic because it is not always easy to swap your daily engine for a brand new vehicle.
But not all cars will be fuel efficient, especially if they need significantly more gas to fill the tank for their miles per gallon.
This is common in large cars like 4x4s and minivans.
If you can, switching to a plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle (EV) can help you save money, because you won’t be paying for gas, but rather for charging.
Alternatively, switching to a more economical and reliable car like a Mazda 3 would be a smart and effective change.
Likewise, plug-in electric hybrids like the new Mazda CX-60 are much more fuel efficient than traditional petrol or diesel cars.