IAM: Drive green to save money on fuel

Driving with fuel economy in mind can save drivers plenty of money on diesel and petrol.

With the price of petrol and diesel as high as it is, drivers are being advised to drive green to improve fuel economy and reduce their carbon footprint.

The Institute of Advanced Motoring (IAM) has released a series of tips to help vehicle users improve their fuel economy, including changing the way they drive and ensuring they are on top of maintenance.

Drivers are advised to plan further ahead, leaving them time to take their foot off the accelerator and slow up more gradually in time for a junction or queue of traffic. By braking less, more fuel can be saved. Additionally, when stuck in a queue of traffic, drivers can save fuel by switching off their engines.

Checking tyres regularly can also make a difference to fuel economy. Drivers should make sure that their tread depth is at least 1.6mm across the central part of the tyre and that pressure is high enough.

Any manoeuvring should also be done with a hot engine. For example, drivers should reverse when bay parking so that they can drive away once they start up their engine upon returning to their vehicle, letting it warm up more quickly.

Keeping to the speed limit can also save fuel. The faster a car is driving, the more fuel it will use. Therefore the speed limit will help to get a balance between getting somewhere in a timely manner and maximising fuel economy.

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

According to the most recent official statistics on weekly fuel prices, the average cost of unleaded petrol is 129.4p per litre while for diesel this is 137.1p per litre.

Having a car that is proven to have better fuel economy can also reduce the cost of vehicle duty as the price of this is dependent on emissions produced.




  • On: 17 March 2014
  • By: CarShop

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