Five simple car hacks that could save you £200 on fuel

Motorists can save more than £200 on fuel over the course of a year by making small changes to their driving style, according to a price comparison website. Idealo has found that savings can be realized if drivers are able to increase their car’s fuel efficiency by five miles per gallon (MPG).

Financial expert Jordon Cox, nicknamed Britain’s Coupon Kid, says there are five easy ways to cut down on consumption to hit the figure. These include making sure your vehicle is not carrying excessive weight and planning long trips in advance.

It comes as fuel prices hit record highs amid the cost of living crisis. The average cost of a liter of petrol on UK forecourts on Tuesday was 167.6p, with diesel at 180.9p.

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Katy Phillips from Idealo said: “It is no secret that fuel prices have been a major contributor to the stress of the cost of living crisis. While we have no control over lowering gas prices, we can control our consumption, and we hope our money-saving tips will inspire car owners to adjust their driving approach.”

How can I increase my car’s MPG and save fuel?

Here are Cox’s five money-saving tips to increase your car’s fuel efficiency:

  1. Go easy on the pedals – By lightly pressing the accelerator and brake, you can use less fuel while reaching the right speeds. A few inches less on each pedal could save hundreds a year.
  2. Lighten your load – If you tend to have a trunk full of luggage or cargo that doesn’t need to be there, remove it so your engine has to pump out less fuel to reach target speeds or climb steep grades.
  3. Do not abuse the air conditioning Although in the summer months it can be uncomfortable in the car, air conditioning can significantly increase fuel consumption, especially at low speeds. When driving slowly, open the windows to circulate the air in the vehicle instead of opting for the air conditioning.
  4. Obey the speed limit – It seems obvious, but by respecting the speed limits, you will not consume unnecessary fuel. Driving over 70 mph in small motor cars will quickly go through the fuel tank, so don’t be tempted to go over the limit.
  5. Plan ahead Rather than relying on a sat nav, take a quick look at the route ahead of time to reduce your chances of getting lost. Take the route with the shortest distance, not the time. Faster journeys normally mean taking a highway where you might arrive sooner, but your car will have consumed more fuel while traveling at higher speeds.

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