Fuel efficiency tips

Take a look at our advice below for ways to reduce your fuel consumption.

Before your journey

Plan your journey before setting off – utilise website and sat-nav information to plan the best route avoiding, where possible, congestion and roadworks. See our traffic alert service for help with this.

Remove any unnecessary loads – the extra weight increases fuel consumption

Check tyre pressures regularly – under-inflated tyres are dangerous, wear out more quickly and increase fuel consumption
While you're driving:

  • Drive calmly – avoid harsh braking and acceleration. Pulling away too fast can use up to six per cent more fuel
  • Concentrate, observe, anticipate – maintain a smooth driving style that avoids accidents and saves fuel
  • Brakes to slow, gears to go – slow the vehicle using the brakes, engage the correct gear for your speed and by-pass all intermediate gears
  • Don’t pump the accelerator or rev the engine unnecessarily
  • Skip-shift (block shift) gears where it is safe to do so
  • Pull away in the right gear
  • Use cruise control on open roads and where it is safe to do so
  • Switch off the engine in traffic jams and whilst waiting at levels crossings
  • Watch your speed – always travel at a safe speed according to the conditions. Remember the speed limit is a maximum in relevant conditions, not a target at any cost
  • Know your average miles per gallon (MPG)

View our fuel efficiency briefing note for more tips and advice on reducing your fuel consumption.

Need more information?

If you are an FTA member and have a query regarding this topic, or need more information, contact our Member Advice Centre

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