Motorists get tips on saving fuel
Published 30/03/2011 | 09:16
Motorists are being advised to save fuel by driving smarter, as petrol and diesel prices soar.
There are significant economies to be made simply by changing your driving style.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) says it is possible to save 10pc off your fuel bills with a little bit of practice.
As the IAM experts say: The best fuel-saver is a light right foot and anticipation of the road ahead.
Here are a few easy tips to reduce consumption:
* Read the road ahead -- try to anticipate the traffic around you, for example at traffic lights, roundabouts and junctions. This reduces the need for hard acceleration and braking. Cruise control is economic for smooth driving on long journeys.
* Stick to the speed limit -- reducing speed from 120kmh to 100kmh can save up to a litre of petrol every 30kms.
* Switch off the engine -- if you are going to stop for some time at a level crossing or slow-changing lights. Small cars use 1.7 cent of petrol every minute and medium-sized cars lose petrol and money at double this rate.
* Lighten the load -- excess baggage or an empty roof box will increase your fuel consumption.
* Check your tyres -- underinflated tyres will increase fuel consumption by up to 3pc. Check tyre pressure when the tyres are cold, at least once a month.