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Drive smarter

By learning to drive smarter the average car driver in the UK can save £250-£300 a year. Try our tips below to drive smarter and reduce your motoring costs.

Smart driving in any car

Switch off your engine

Many newer cars automatically turn off when stationary in neutral. If yours doesn’t, turn off your engine when you’ve stopped for a minute or so to save fuel.

Higher gear

Driving at lower revs reduces fuel consumption so change up a gear at around 2,000 RPM.

Drive smoothly

Assess the road ahead as much as possible to avoid unnecessary braking and acceleration, which increases the amount of fuel you use.

Slow down

Your fuel costs will increase the faster you drive so keep speeds reasonable.

Windows vs air conditioning

If you are travelling at low speed opening the windows is more efficient. If travelling at 60 miles per hour or above, closing the windows and using the air con will save you more.

Tyre pressures

Under-inflated tyres increase your fuel consumption and can be dangerous on the road so check them once a month and before long journeys.

Roof racks/boxes

Having these attached to your car when they’re not being used will increase drag and increase your fuel costs.

Lighten your load

Remove excess items from your car before travelling to reduce weight.

 

Winter driving

The cold season means extra challenges when driving so why not download our guide for extra tips to help you drive safely and more efficiently.

 

When buying a new vehicle

If you are thinking of replacing your car or motorbike, check out the options below for tips on how to save on motoring costs. Generally, the smaller the engine size the more efficient a vehicle will be.

New cars

Cars are now much more fuel-efficient and you have a choice of different engine types: petrol, diesel, hybrid and electric.

Company cars

In the UK, company cars are taxed both on value and emissions, so look for a low-emission model to save on costs. Tax band information is provided by the HMRC.

Used cars

Fuel efficiency in older cars varies hugely. Research data for fuel consumption and emissions in used car models is available from Directgov.

Motorcycles and scooters

As for cars, the smaller the engine size the better the fuel efficiency of a motorbike or scooter. Smaller models may obtain over 100 miles a gallon; however, these bikes may not be suitable for long journeys.