Here are some tips on how to drive efficiently, potentially saving you money and reducing your CO2 emissions.

1. Switch off the engine

Turn off the engine when you’re stationary for 1 minute or more. Modern engines use up less fuel when you start a vehicle, than if you leave the engine running. So when you’re stuck in traffic, just switch it off.

2. Drive smoothly and accelerate gently

Try and judge the traffic flow. Reducing the amount you stop/start and breaking suddenly will save on fuel, not to mention your brakes too. 

3. Slow down

Driving at excessive speeds wastes more fuel. Driving at 85mph not only breaks the law, but also uses approximately 25% more fuel than 70mph. 

4. Use higher gears

Driving in a higher gear is more economical. Aim to drive between 2000 and 2500 revs, so switch it up as soon as you can. 

5. Streamline

And we don’t mean lycra. Closing windows and removing empty roof racks will reduce wind resistance and make the journey more efficient. 

6. Air conditioning

Turning off air conditioning will help lower fuel consumption and C02 emissions. 

7. Service your car

A well serviced and maintained car will run more efficiently. Under-inflated tyres can increase fuel consumption by up to 4%.

8. Excess weight

Leave the kitchen sink at home. Driving a car with excess weight will use up more fuel. So whilst it’s tempting to take everything with you, do you really need it? 

9. Know the way?

Don’t get lost. Plan your journey before you leave and check the traffic reports. One wrong turn could be costly on your fuel. 

10. You’re cruising

If you have cruise control, use it! Cruise control help to keep a consistent pressure on the accelerator, which can control the amount of fuel you use.

For more information on driving efficiently, please visit the Energy Saving Trust.