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5 ways to cut fuel consumption - expert advice from Haynes

March 2011

Motoring experts Haynes are offering practical advice to drivers for cutting fuel consumption, as the crisis in the Middle East pushes fuel prices to a record high.

With the price at the pump hitting an average of over 132p a litre for unleaded (137.9p per litre for diesel), motorists are being hit hard by the current uncertainty in many oil producing countries.

Matthew Minter, Motor Trade Editorial Director at Haynes Publishing, renowned for motoring manuals and books, says:

"We're all taking a deep breath as we pull up at the pump these days. But with careful driving and preparation you can save fuel, and make a little get you a long way.

"Check your tyre pressures next time you fill up. Under-inflated tyres increase fuel consumption and wear out faster.

"Slow down - stick to speed limits, especially on the motorway, and save both on fuel and on speeding tickets. Drive smoothly and avoid fierce acceleration and hard braking.

"Remove roof racks and boxes when you don't need them - even empty they can increase drag and therefore fuel consumption. Remove heavy items from the boot, too.

"Finally, remember that a well-maintained vehicle uses less fuel. It's easy to do the basics yourself - get a Haynes manual for your car and see how!"

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Haynes top tips for saving petrol:

  1. Slow down - stick to the legal speed limits and see how much you save! (You can save even more at lower speeds - driving at 50 mph instead of 70 can cut your fuel bill by 30 per cent. Driving on the motorway at 70mph instead of 80-85 can save up to 4p a mile in small cars.)
  2. Check your tyre pressures often. Under-inflated tyres can cost you eight per cent more fuel (and they'll wear out faster too).
  3. Drive smoothly and consistently. Fierce acceleration and harsh braking both cost money. You'll save wear and tear on brakes, tyres and suspension too.
  4. Turn off the air conditioning system and the heated rear window when they're not needed - the engine has to work harder to power them.
  5. Have your car serviced regularly - or save even more money by doing it yourself with the help of a Haynes manual. A well-maintained engine is more efficient and less polluting.

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