How To Be A More Economical Driver 0

fuel_consumptionGiven the huge rise in fuel prices in the UK over recent years, both diesel and petrol, driving with as much efficiency as possible is something that all road users need to take on board. Of course, sometimes you simply have to put your foot down but for everyday motoring a more restrained approach is required. But what help is there for drivers, particularly those who use their cars for work, who want to drive more efficiently? One economy assistance system is a visual aid which Honda fit in their Insight hatchbacks. Both the three and five door models offer advice to the driver on how efficiently they are operating the car in real time and assist them in making adjustments to their driving style.

The Ecological Drive Assist System, which Honda refers to as Eco Assist, monitors both the positive and negative output on fuel efficiency from an individual’s driving style. When the device’s display, which sits behind the speedometer, glows blue it is a simple and eye-catching indication that something the driver is doing is making for an unwanted impact on fuel consumption. At a glance to the dashboard, it is easy to see what type of driving causes increased fuel use. The idea is that, over time, the driver adjusts their style without even thinking about it to avoid the speedometer from turning blue.

Of course, a visual indication of your driving style’s effect on fuel consumption won’t lead to an overnight change and – if you refuse to make any amendments to your bad habits – no change at all. Nevertheless, there are many thing that all drivers can do without a visual aid to improve fuel efficiency. Simply driving with your windows up makes the car more streamlined and allows for a surprisingly large increase in fuel economy. By using your right foot with a little more restraint, when pulling away, you can save pounds in extra fuel that would have been used by the engine had you revved it harder. Try to get into the habit of pulling away with your accelerator pedal set in one position and not adjusting it at all until you have reached the desired speed.

One thing that all drivers who try to minimise their fuel spend know, is to avoid braking. Of course, no braking at all is hardly safe. However, instead of accelerating such that you reach the car in front, then slow down to match its speed, try driving leaving a larger gap between you. This will allow you to reduce speed by simply taking your foot off the accelerator. This is a great technique to use in an area where you have to negotiate roundabout after roundabout – and you can notice the difference with your fuel economy quite rapidly.

Another tip that is often overlooked is to use the technology at your disposal. Check travel websites before you set off to see which route will afford you the most free-flowing roads. Motorways and dual carriageways, unless they are blocked, offer the driver the best opportunity of motoring with fuel economy in mind. Simply jotting down the route with a pen and paper can help you to avoid delays and wrong turnings. It should be remembered that sat navs, although useful, can lead you up blind alleys so it is always better to check the route before you even get behind the wheel.