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Cutting the costs of car use

Some journeys are more convenient by car, when driving there are things you can do to make the journey more cost-effective.


Ecodriving is the most energy-efficient form of driving. It will reduce your fuel consumption, and make your journey safer and more comfortable. Ecodriving techniques can really improve traffic flow too.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Anticipate traffic flow

Get used to reading the road as far ahead as possible so you can anticipate the flow of traffic. Increasing the safety distance between you and the car in front gives you more time to react and helps prevent stop/start traffic congestion.

2. Maintain a steady speed

Drive smoothly, using the highest gear possible at low RPM.

3. Shift up early

Shift to a higher gear at approximately 2,000 RPM when you can. But do take account of the traffic situation and any safety considerations.

4. Check your tyre pressures frequently

  • At least once a month; and certainly before driving long distances or at high speed.  Keeping tyres properly inflated lowers safety risks and reduces fuel wastage.

5. Use your air conditioning and electrical equipment wisely

  • Switch them off as soon as they’re not needed. 

6. Remove any excess weight

  • Before your journey, to help reduce aerodynamic drag.
Page updated: 07/06/2021 Page updated by: ThinkTravel

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