Driving For Car Fuel Economy

A discussion of all aspects of driving a car that can affect the economy. Simple ways to save fuel.

Driving for economy is a combination of many factors. A driver seeking to obtain maximum efficiency while still making good progress should follow these simple gudelines:

Accelerating briskly to the desired top speed means that more of your journey will be spent in top gear, (the most economical as far as fuel consumption is concerned.)

Anticipate braking well in advance, sharp braking uses a lot more fuel than gentle braking.

Cruising at top speed uses a lot less fuel than eratic speeding up and slowing down.

When you are in stop - start traffic apply the following rules:

Use minimal revs when pulling away from stationary.

When the traffic ahead starts to slow take your foot off the accelerator thus allowing the engine to do a lot of the braking.

As a general rule, anything that involves your engine struggling is using more fuel than necessary, e.g. too high a gear going up hill.

Choose your car wisely:

A diesel car is cheaper to run but is often more expensive to buy in the first place. The saving therefore may only be worth considering if you are intending to do a lot of milage.

Buying a smaller engined car may be a false economy if you are planning on doing a lot of long journeys at high speed. A larger engined car may be more economical as less strain is put on it at higher speeds.

Safety always comes before economy so NEVER compromise safety just to save on fuel. If a burst of acceleration is required to escape danger - do so without hesitation. Also, so not participate in the dangerous practice of coasting down hills to save fuel, this substabtially reduces your control over the car.

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