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Driving advice

Save on fuel, reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality by following our driving tips and thinking about your vehicle choice. Driving efficiently also has safety benefits due to its strong focus on better anticipation.

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Fuel-saving techniques for any car

Drive smoothly

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

Maintain a greater distance from the vehicle in front so that you can adapt your speed when necessary without using the brakes.

Shift up early to a higher gear

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

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.

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 more fuel.

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.

To learn more about the evidence and principles behind these techniques, see our guide on fuel efficient driving for businesses.

When buying a new vehicle

Vehicle choice can have a major impact on fuel costs and emission and generally, the smaller the engine size the more efficient a vehicle will be. If your company car is up for renewal or you are thinking of replacing your car, check out our animated guide and our tips below on how to save on motoring costs. 

New cars

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

Information on fuel consumption, emissions and running costs for new cars is available at Directgov.

Used cars

Fuel efficiency in older cars varies hugely. You can compare fuel consumption, tax and emissions information for used car models at Directgov.

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 and you can search for new cars by company car tax bank on Directgov.

For more detail on company car costs, have a look at our Company Car Guide

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