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How Do You Reduce Fuel Consumption?

February 9, 2017

At one time or another many of us have been guilty of unnecessarily high engine revving or breaking with heavy force at the last moment possible. This kind of lazy and convenient driving, however, is not very economical and could amount to significant costs in extra fuel over the year. Below, French & German Car Services Ltd has reviewed how you can reduce your fuel consumption in a just a few simple steps.


Clear out Unnecessary Weight

You may unknowingly be increasing your fuel consumption by hoarding items and allowing junk to accumulate in your car, adding unnecessary weight to your vehicle and thereby impacting your fuel economy. Make a conscious effort to check your car weekly, clearing out empty bottles, wrappers and containers as these are often the things which tend to build up the fastest in your car. If you are transporting tools, equipment or other paraphernalia such as luggage and gym gear, try not to leave them sat in your boot and instead take them out as soon as you have finished with them.


Don’t Drive Impatiently

When you are eager to arrive at your destination or get home at the end of the day it can be very tempting to drive full throttle and even exceed the speed limit. Doing this, however, not only comes with the risk of incurring a speeding penalty but also significantly affects your fuel consumption. Always keep to the speed limit and avoid over-revving your engine – a common occurrence when attempting to gain speed as quickly as possible.


Brake Gently

Brake in plenty of time when approaching junctions and roundabouts rather than at the very last minute, especially as sudden braking can be dangerous if there is another car following close behind you. Where possible, try and ease off the accelerator first before using your brakes as this will only help you to further conserve your fuel.


Maintain a Steady Speed

Constant acceleration and deceleration will soon take its toll on your fuel consumption, especially during rush hour when roads are full of stop-start traffic. The ideal cruising speed is 50mph using either fifth or sixth gear but, if you are unable to maintain this, try and keep as steady a speed as possible whilst always looking ahead for slowing traffic and potential hazards. This philosophy also applies when you are driving along roads with speed bumps – it is far better to keep a constant momentum than speeding up between bumps to then have to slow down again.


Look after Your Tyres

It may come as a surprise to many but inadequately and under-inflated tyres can have a detrimental impact on the running costs of your car. It goes without saying that effective tyre care ensures that this fundamental part of your vehicle will keep you safe on the roads; maintaining the correct pressure, however, will also avoid unwanted increases in the rolling resistance of your tyres. Deformed tyres consume more fuel so look after your tyres and you will need fewer trips to the petrol station.


Plan Your Route

Sometimes you cannot avoid heavy traffic or routes that take you through hectic town and city centres, but if you can plan your route to be as efficient as possible you will reap positive results for your fuel consumption. Set off earlier in the morning to miss the rush hour traffic and look for alternative ways to reach your destination, preferably routes that will divert you away from busy areas with lots of traffic lights and other drivers.


For trustworthy and reliable mechanical services from a local garage, contact the friendly team at French & German Car Services Ltd today. We offer a range of premium services including repairs, bodywork, and servicing to name but a few. You can reach us by calling on 0207 609 1502 or by filling out our useful online query form.