Eco driving

There are 11 simple techniques to make you a safer driver, save fuel and money, and reduce wear and tear on your car.

How much you save depends on how much you drive, but for the average driver it can be hundreds of pounds a year.

Use these 11 techniques:

  • Check your revs: When you speed up, change gear at 2000-2500rpm.
  • Watch your speed: The most efficient speed is 45-50mph. The difference between 70mph and 85mph is 25% more fuel used.
  • Read the road: Anticipate the road ahead to reduce over-acceleration and sharp breaking.
  • Step off the gas: Stay in gear but take your foot off the accelerator as early as possible when approaching a red light or roundabout. This cuts fuel to the engine to almost zero.
  • Plan your journey: A bit of preparation will help you to avoid congestion and/or road works.
  • Drive off from cold: Modern cars don’t need to be warmed up: just drive off from cold.
  • Check your tyres: Under inflated tyres increase fuel consumption and are potentially dangerous.
  • Reduce ‘drag’: Remove roof racks, bike carriers and top-boxes if you are not using them.
  • Switch off when you can: If you are going to be stationary for more than a minute, switch off your engine to save fuel. Many new cars are equipped with engine cut off technology that detects when you are stationary.
  • Air conditioning: Use it sparingly, as it increases your fuel consumption. But on the motorway it’s better than opening a window which increases wind resistance.
  • Invest in a satnav: Many satnavs now have features that help you avoid traffic congestion.