Ten top tips on fuel efficiency 0

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Running a car is expensive; few things take a more significant bite out of your monthly budget than filling up your tank. Other than by converting to an electric vehicle or just deciding to walk everywhere, there’s not too much we can do to avoid forking out for fuel.

We might not be able to influence the cost of petrol or diesel, but there are ways we can make it go further. By managing the way you drive, you can squeeze a bit more out of your tank.

Here are our top tips on how to drive in a more fuel efficient manner:

  1. Engine maintenance. The key to a good long engine life is to keep an eye on it and fix any problems that crop up straight away. If your car is running out of tune, repairing the problem immediately can help improve fuel economy by 4% on average.
  2. Keep your speed down. For most cars, your fuel mileage decreases once you’ve passed your car’s optimal speed. This usually occurs at speeds in excess of 60 mph.
  3. Proper tyre pressure. Ensure that your tyres are neither over or under inflated. This helps cut down your vehicle’s fuel expenditure by around 3.3% whilst driving.
  4. Drive smoothly. Research shows that heavy acceleration, abrupt braking and driving at excessive speeds lowers fuel economy by 5% in the city when average speeds are lower, and over 33% on the motorway.
  5. Keep filters clean. If your air filter is dirty, replace it. A clean filter can help acceleration time by around 6-11%. 
  6. Avoid excess weight. Only travel carrying what you need. Don’t have a boot full of unnecessary clutter; it forces your car to work harder than it needs to.
  7. Use your manufacturer’s approved oil.  Fuel economy can be improved by 1–2% by following your manufacturer’s recommended engine oil guidelines. Contact your local Peugeot dealership to find out what oil was intended specifically for your model.
  8. Cruise control. If possible, keep to a constant speed on major roads or when in free-flowing traffic. This will improve your fuel economy.
  9. Avoid idling. Idling gets you 0 miles to the gallon!
  10. Be organised. Combining all of your errands into one trip, avoiding several smaller journeys, keeps your engine running warm and avoids unnecessary cold starts.

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