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Fuel saving tips

12 Jan 2024

No one will need reminding just how turbulent the cost of fuel has been over the two years, and whilst we are starting to see prices level out, you never know for sure what’s around the corner.

We’ve put our heads together to gather some helpful car preparation and driving tips that will improve your fuel consumption and most importantly, save you money! Not only does this make life that little bit easier, but it makes your vehicle more efficient, maintains your vehicle’s health, and reduces the chances of unpleasant surprises on the roads.

Check Your Tyres

Keeping a close eye on the pressure of your tyres will help preserve your fuel for as long as you can. If the air in your tyres is slightly low you will be using more fuel to keep your car running due to the friction from the road and the tyres having to work harder for a smoother ride. You can check your tyre pressure at a number of petrol stations, a number of these offer the service free of charge.

Turn Off Your Air Conditioning

As tempting as it is to keep your air conditioning on all year round, it uses a lot of fuel. Air conditioning puts extra pressure on the engine to keep the car cool, making it work harder and ultimately upping your fuel costs. It’s a good idea to save your air conditioning for those really warm days or longer journeys and opt for open windows when driving at lower speeds.

Lighten Your Load

The heavier your vehicle, the more fuel it needs to move. So if you’re using your car for additional storage it’s time to find somewhere new to store your golf clubs. It is even recommended that you remove a roof box or roof bars if you aren’t using them. The less you are carrying, the more efficient your drive will be.

Drive Carefully

Driving inconsistently with harsh braking and unpredictable gear changes can cause your car to consume more fuel. Being gentle with the accelerator and driving in a higher gear will minimise the fuel you’re using. So go easy on the break and opt for smooth driving over erratic braking.

Keep On Top Of Maintenance

Ensuring you look after your car well and keep its servicing up to date will improve the efficiency of your drive. A more efficient vehicle equals less fuel consumption when you're out and about. If you're looking to get your next service booked in, Tangelo Auto Centre in Exeter helps maintain your vehicle's health.

Switch To Electric

Choosing an electric or hybrid vehicle gives you that opportunity to skip the filling pumps all together. Charge your car from home or at a public charging point, often found at supermarkets.

If you’re ready to take the plunge into the world of electric vehicles, then you’ll be pleased to hear that we’ve already shared several guides to help you increase your knowledge on owning an electric vehicle and what charging points are and where to find them.

Are you on the look out for a used electric car? Take a look at Tangelo's current used electric car stock and get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable sales team to book an appointment or a test drive at our Exeter Customer Hub.

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