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Tips for improving your MPG

There are many ways you can improve your cars petrol consumption (MPG) for free. Start practising these top tips today and not only will your MPG improve, but you'll probably find yourself a smoother and safer driver and your car better cared for and more responsive when you need it!

Tips to improve your driving:

1. Read the road ahead
The most important thing you can do to improve your cars MPG is read the road ahead. Anything that might require you to slow down or stop start should be approached by slowing down earlier than you would normally. Let the car coast down in gear opposed to using the brakes, if there is a round about coming up start looking for gaps you can safely coast into. Stopping and starting is the biggest waste of fuel when driving and keeping the car rolling, even slowly will make the biggest difference to your consumption.

2. Drive smoothly
If you find yourself in a situation where you have no option but to stop start slowing down as early as possible. Braking is simply converting precious energy into heat - a very wasteful mechanism. If you have to stop for an extended period of time turn your engine off (but be prepared to restart it quickly) and when you eventually resume your journey accelerate gently.

3. Stick to the limit
70mph will save you approximately 15% more fuel than 80mph, and 70mph uses around 25% more fuel than 50mph.

4. Avoid short trips
Engines operate most efficiently at temperature. Short journeys, where the engine never gets fully up to temperature are a sure fire way to ruin your MPG. Try using your legs instead!

Tips to improve your car:

5. Check your Tyre Pressures
Under-inflated tyres can dramatically increase your cars fuel consumption. Try to check your tyre pressures every few weeks with a dedicated pressure gauge as gauges attached to pumps are usually unreliable. Never over inflate your tyres as this will cause them to wear unevenly and offer less grip than they should - potentially dangerous, especially in the wet. Check your owner's manual or inside the drivers door shut for the correct pressures.

6. Turn off Aircon etc
Items that cause a drain on the battery increase engine, and consequentially fuel consumption load via the alternator. Things like aircon, blowers and heated rear screens are the worse offenders so unless you need them turn them off.

7. Don't idle
Idling at lights or warming up the engine in the morning is wasted fuel, if the car isn't moving in the next 10 seconds turn the engine off.

8. Regular servicing
A well serviced car will run more efficiently than one that's been neglected. A good oil change can offer fuel savings, and any faults you might not of noticed like a sticky thermostat can have a large impact on MPG.

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