Today is the first day that the standard unleaded petrol sold in the UK changes to the greener option of E10 fuel.
Its been introduced by the UK Government to cut back on vehicle emissions however not every car can use it and experts have warned that it will cost motorists more.
The switch from E5 to E10 means drivers will be filing up their petrol tanks more which could result in a potential annual rise of £30 per year for drivers.
And as reported in the Mirror, a many as 700,000 older cars aren’t compatible with the new eco-friendly petrol, which means they will have no choice but to switch to more expensive super unleaded E5 petrol.
With many drivers worrying about the potential increase in petrol prices, Car Lease Special Offers have put together ten simple driving tips to help your fuel last longer to avoid filling up as often.
Ten tips to make E10 last longer
The new petrol means some drivers will notice they have to top up their tanks more frequently so here is some advice on how to make it last longer.
An idling engine is still burning fuel. If are in slow-moving or stop-start traffic, consider putting your hand brake on and turning your engine off.
The same applies when picking someone/ dropping someone off, consider shutting off the engine if you are stopped for a long period.
If you have a modern car with stop-start technology then use this, it will automatically reduce the time you spend with an idling engine if used correctly.
Keep to the speed limit
Speeding can increase your fuel consumption, and of course, be dangerous to yourself and other road users. Keep to the speed limits and use cruise control if your car has this function to maintain a steady speed.
It’s recommended you set your cruise control a few miles below the actual speed limit in case your odometer is slightly off.
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Watch the weight of your vehicle
The heavier your vehicle the more fuel it will take to move it. Remove unnecessary weight when you can e.g. removing roof boxes, bike racks and excess luggage from the vehicle when they are not needed.
Accelerate and Brake Smoothly
Harsh acceleration and braking use a lot of engine power, which uses more fuel. Not only is this better for the environment to brake and accelerate smoothly, but it’s also better for your fuel bill.
One way in which you can avoid the need for harsher acceleration and braking is by anticipating the traffic ahead.
If you’re on a road that you know has several traffic lights over a short distance or in a long queue of traffic, rather than stopping and starting try travelling at a slower speed, this keeps your vehicle rolling and removes the constant stopping and starting that you might otherwise use.
Make combined journeys
A hot engine is a more efficient one because your battery works better in warmer conditions. One way that you can improve your overall fuel economy is by combining several smaller trips into one long journey.
Make sure you regularly service your vehicle
Regular maintenance and servicing on your vehicle keeps it in the best condition possible and this, in turn, helps your fuel consumption.
We recommend ensuring the vehicle is serviced in line with the manufacturer guidelines and any maintenance work is completed as soon as possible.
Check your tyre pressure
One check you should do more regularly is to check the tyre pressure. This is because tyres that are not inflated to the correct level can reduce your fuel economy by as much as 5%.
We recommend if you are driving a lot that you check your tyre pressure around once a month.
Shut your windows
The more aerodynamic your car is the better the fuel economy will be.
Having your windows open increases drag on the vehicle and creates stronger wind resistance. In general, having your windows open at lower speeds doesn’t have a massive impact but if you are driving over 40 mph we recommend closing the windows.
Turn off the air conditioning
Using your air conditioning, or heating on colder days, requires engine power so will have an impact on your fuel consumption. This is especially true if you are travelling at low speeds.
If it is a particularly warm day, we recommend using the air conditioning on a low setting over opening the window, as the effect on your fuel consumption is less.
Make sure your air filters aren’t dirty
Dirty air filters cause your engine to work harder than it has to, which means more fuel is used. You should follow the manufacturer’s guidelines to change these as needed to help boost your fuel economy.
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