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.
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.
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.