How you drive your car can have a big impact on how the car ages and how much money you spend on fuel every week.
Fortunately, it really isn’t hard to save money and reduce CO2 emissions and pollution.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has provided us with these five steps to more efficient motoring:
- Get your car serviced regularly. A well-maintained car is safer and greener
- Make sure you are using the right engine oil; if you have any doubts check your handbook. Make sure your oil is checked regularly and if you need to top it up ensure you use the correct grade
- Avoid unnecessary loading. Putting too much weight on your vehicle can burn more fuel. Take off any unused roof racks, roof boxes or cycle racks as they will also waste fuel
- Check your tyre pressures – underinflated tyres waste fuel. Check your handbook as some vehicles now have an economy option in their settings for tyre pressures
- If possible, choose a parking space you can drive out of quickly. Time spent manoeuvring out of a space with a cold engine wastes fuel. Try to reverse park so you can drive away quicker
Head of driving and riding standards at IAM, Richard Gladman, says the tips are easy to follow, but also very effective.
“The key is to take a gentle approach when braking and accelerating combined with looking as far ahead as possible to plan a smooth path through traffic.
“There isn’t any point in rushing to the next traffic light just to have to wait.
“These are just the sort of skills that advanced drivers take for granted but can make a big difference to your wallet and to air quality around you.”