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When it comes to driving expenses, fuel is one of the costliest. Even if you shop around for the best price per litre, you could still be spending a lot. Follow these tips on how to be conscious of your fuel consumption; not only is it good for your wallet, but also for the environment.

Your Car’s Fuel Consumption

Your fuel consumption is measured in MPG (Miles Per Gallon). You might think that it’s just the distance you drive that affects the amount of fuel you use, but there are actually many different factors that determine fuel use. If you want to keep an eye on your consumption, then use our fuel consumption calculator . Knowing how much you use helps with your finances, as well as the environment.

If you are considering getting a new car, but aren’t sure if it’s the right time, take a look at how much fuel your old one is using. New cars have more sophisticated and efficient engines, and are more conservative with their fuel consumption.
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WHAT WILL IMPROVE MY FUEL CONSUMPTION?

Are you feeling a bit shocked by how much fuel you’ve been using to get from A to B? Don’t worry, our handy tips will give you lots of ways to reduce your fuel consumption, without causing you any trouble.

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When you fill up the tank

Did you know that over 100 million gallons of fuel is lost each year, by a really simple oversight? When you go to top up on fuel, make sure you do your fuel cap up properly, otherwise some fuel will be lost through evaporation. It's simple and easy to do and if you don’t, you could be wasting precious fuel.

Save Fuel Before You Drive

The fuel saving tips don’t start when you’re already on the road, there are also things you can do to help you save fuel before you even hit the pedal.

Try to travel as light as possible. If your car is heavier it means the engine will have to use more fuel to power it. Also make sure that you regularly check your tyre pressure . Not only is this a good thing to do from a safety point of view, but under-inflated tyres will use more fuel than properly inflated ones.
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Save Fuel While You’re Driving

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If you're stuck in a queue and not moving, turn your engine off, as leaving it on is called ‘idling’ and will use your fuel unnecessarily. If you have a Citroën with a stop & start engine, this will do it for you. Remember though, only turn your engine off when it is safe to do so.

 

If you use cruise control, this will save fuel because it will keep your speed at a constant. Also, try to use motorways instead of country roads when driving because there should be less stopping and starting and your speed should stay at a constant.

 

Some drivers may also subconsciously rest their foot on the brake pedal as they’re driving, causing a ‘mechanical drag’. This will use up much more fuel than necessary, so try to avoid that. If you drive a manual, then be sure to use a higher gear as often as you can, even if you’re driving slowly. This will put less pressure on the engine, and save you fuel.

 

If you drive gently, slowly brake and accelerate, you’ll avoid stopping and starting as often, helping your consumption. If it's a hot day, consider your air conditioning settings. You’ll find that you’ll save a lot more money the less you use them.

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Engines That Help Fuel Consumption

Engines in our very own award winning PureTech range have been designed to make your Citroën run easily, as well as reduce the amount of fuel you use; the engines cut fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 18% compared with previous engines. The PureTech engines are available on Citroën C1, C3, C3 Aircross, C4, New C4 Cactus Hatch, C4 SpaceTourer and Grand C4 SpaceTourer. The BlueHDi 150 engine has reduced NOx emissions and only 110g/km CO2.

When you buy a new or used car, make sure you research the engine to see how fuel-efficient it is. This is just one of the many areas where you can make great savings.
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