As more countries around the world take tangible steps towards a zero-emission future and fuel and energy rates hit record highs, the fuel efficiency of our vehicles has never been such a hot topic. With the UK government seeking to outlaw the production of petrol and diesel cars from around 2040, we’ve seen marked growth in the hybrid and electric vehicle (EV) market. But what can you do to make your conventional car more fuel efficient and save money on the roads?
Regularly check, maintain and service your vehicle
An easy way to reduce your consumption of fuel is by regularly checking up on your vehicle with professional maintenance and servicing, including regular MOT tests. Because older conventional cars are more prone to fuel wastage and inefficiency over time, servicing your car can help to identify problems and save you money in the long run. Ensure that washer fluid is kept topped up, your battery is not degraded and that the lights are working properly – it’s also easy to check engine oil at home using a dipstick.
Check your car tyre tread and tyre pressure regularly
One of the most crucial checks to perform on your car is the tyre tread and tyre pressure – luckily, you can easily test your car tyres at home without the need for a professional. Remember that the tread depth must be at least 1.6mm to be legal and roadworthy – you can measure this simply using a 20p coin. By ensuring that your tyres are properly inflated, you’ll not only improve the steering response and shelf life of the car, you’ll also boost its fuel efficiency.
Avoid overusing your vehicle and find alternative means of transport
If you’re looking to reduce your consumption of fuel, it’s important to be mindful of your driving behaviours. Try toalso minimise your use of the vehicle wherever possible. Consider walking, cycling or using public transport for those shorter journeys or going to work, or try alternating your use of the vehicle on different days or devising a shorter commuting route when you do have to drive. Try to only use your vehicle when absolutely necessary – it should serve a purpose! Limiting your driving could not only see you fork out lower outgoings in fuel and auto outgoings each month, but you could also drastically reduce the level of carbon emissions from your car and do your bit for the environment.
Drive like it’s your driving test
One of the easiest ways to be more mindful as you drive and reduce your usage of fuel is by imagining that you’re taking a test, instructor and all. If you feel as though you’re under observation or being watched by an inspector, you’re more likely to drive according ‘to the book’ and be more mindful of minor checks, your speed and the way you navigate lanes and follow routes.