We all have habitual driving styles. Economical driving can work wonders to save fuel, money and the environment.
Economical driving tips
- When accelerating, change up through the gears at lower revs
- Stick to the speed limits on motorways and all roads
- Remember, picking up points on your licence from breaking the speed limit could increase your car insurance premium
- Switch off your engine when stuck in traffic for long periods
- Do not overwork your engine. Petrol engines are economical between 1500 and 4000rpm and a turbo diesel between 1500 and 2500rpm so change up a gear if your revs exceed 2500rpm
- Accelerate and decelerate smoothly in urban areas – this is where fuel consumption is at its most highest
- Ensure air flows smoothly over your car - reduce your drag by closing the windows and the sunroof. Remove roof racks and trailers if you don't need them
- Limit the use of the air conditioner (not hard in Ireland!) - turn it on periodically to drop the temperature in the car
So, try and drive economically. Alongside reducing your petrol and diesel costs, you'll be doing your bit towards saving the planet as well.