Drive green to save money on fuel

Drive green to save money on fuel 14th March 2014

Better fuel economy when driving can save drivers money while also reducing damage to the environment.

With this in mind, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has been providing green driving tips, relating both to the way the vehicle owner uses their car and what they do to keep on top of maintenance.

One of the top tips related to how alert a driver is. The more they look ahead the more they can plan when approaching a queue of traffic or a junction. By taking their foot off the accelerator earlier then they will not have to brake as hard. Less braking can result in more fuel saved.

Following this, if they find themselves in a queue of traffic that is at a standstill, drivers are advised to switch off their engine.

It can be a balancing act to get to somewhere in time while not consuming too much fuel, so drivers are advised to stick to the speed limit. The faster the car is going, the more fuel will be used.

Checking tyres regularly is also highly important for fuel economy. Drivers should ensure tyre pressure is at its optimum and tread depth is good. Should their tyre tread be worn then they should consider having a technician at ATS Euromaster put a new set on for them.

Be sure not to carry any more weight in the car than is needed, so drivers are advised to remove roof racks and any unnecessary clutter or items in the boot that could lead to higher fuel consumption.

Chief examiner at IAM Peter Rodger said: “We’ve all got better things to spend our money on than petrol. Green driving can save you up to 15 per cent on your bills, as well as reducing your carbon emissions.”

As well as saving money on fuel, driving a more economic vehicle can also save money on road tax. The cost of vehicle duty works on a sliding scale with the cost going up depending on the amount of emissions the car produces.

Posted by Danielle Barge