Fuel saving tips that every driver should know

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Gas prices keep going up and it's only going to get worse. This very short guide will help you keep your monthly fuel costs to a minimum. You don't have to know anything about cars to use these tips.

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Fuel saving tips that every driver should know

Find out ways of improving your car’s fuel efficiency to maximise the number of miles you get from a full tank of petrol

Other than shopping around to find the best fuel efficient cars or the best deal at the pumps, drivers often feel that their hands are tied when it comes to the high cost of petrol.

How to save fuel

Even if your car is not particularly fuel efficient, there are plenty of changes you can make to driving habits to help your car run more efficiently — scroll down to see our top nine fuel economy tips.

1. Drive less, walk more

It’s as obvious as it sounds, but the best way to save on petrol costs is to only use your car when you really need to. The best way to start is by leaving the car at home for short trips and walking, cycling or using public transport instead.

2. Check your tyres

Make sure your tyres are inflated to the recommended level — research from Kwik Fit found that drivers are wasting almost £1 billion a year on excess fuel by driving with under-inflated tyres.

3. Wear the right shoes

Driving in heels or big, heavy shoes reduces the sensitivity needed to operate the accelerator. It may seem strange but wearing a pair of thin-soled shoes could allow you to gain better control over how hard you accelerate and how gently you brake — both of which could help you save fuel and drive more safely.

4. Lighten the load

Cut down on excess weight in your car by removing any heavy items from your boot before setting off. Take off bike and roof racks when you’re not using them in order to help reduce wind resistance and save on fuel costs.

5. Stick to speed limits

The faster you drive, the greater the fuel consumption and pollution. AA research shows that driving at 70mph uses up to 9% more fuel than at 60mph and up to 15% more than at 50mph, while whizzing around at 80mph can use up to 25% more fuel than at 70mph.

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