How to maximise your car’s MPG

With a possible increase in the price of fuel looming, now could be a good time to think about cutting your motoring outgoings, starting with fuel costs. Read our top tips on how to improve efficiency and your car’s mpg.

  • Anticipate traffic - One of the biggest ways to improve your car’s fuel economy is to change your driving style. Looking at the traffic ahead means you can gently decelerate instead of braking hard and then jumping back on the accelerator, burning needless fuel.
  • Pump up your tyres-The lower your tyre pressures, the more drag your rubber creates on the road. Ensuring your car’s tyres are inflated to the manufacturers specification means your wheels will float over the road more and require less power to push along, hence the fuel saving.
  • Heavy items don’t leave heavy things in the car if you don’t need them to be there, and take off roof racks if you’re not using them. The heavier the car, the more fuel it will use.
  • Turn off the Air Con -Your car’s air conditioning is driven by the engine. The more you ask from the climate control, the more load it places on the motor, meaning the more fuel it burns.
  • Close your windows - Don’t be tempted to open the windows if you turn the air conditioning off either. This will create extra drag meaning extra wind resistance is effectively pulling you back. The engine has to then work harder to push the car through the air, which uses more fuel.

  • Stop/Start- It turns the engine off when you’re stationary to save fuel, switching it back on when you press the clutch. So, don’t sit at a junction with the clutch down in first gear, put it into neutral and let the car’s ECU handle the rest.
  • Shop around supermarkets often have very competitive fuel prices, and you can sometimes build up reward points to spend on other shopping too.
  • Downsize- Consider the fuel consumption of any car you’re looking to buy. The bigger the engine, the more fuel it will use in general. If your motor is up for renewal then think about downsizing to a sector below. It may seem a bit drastic but modern small turbocharged engines are impressively efficient.