Top 5 tips for saving fuel, and money, when drivingFebruary 18, 2014
The cost of fuel has remained fairly constant for a while now. After the numerous oil crises and overseas issues, we saw the prices rocket to all-time highs and they have stayed there ever since. It doesn’t look set to fall either, with a penny increase and decrease here and there not making too much difference to your pocket in the long run.
When you’re out and about driving, however, there are some ways in which you can reduce the amount of fuel you use. This in turn will save you money at the pumps as you won’t have to fill up quite as regularly. Using our top economic driving tips you’ll see just how much a few little changes can help protect you from high fuel prices. If you want to learn how to save money on fuel then take a look below:
Every vehicle has an optimum speed-to-fuel ratio
Firstly, this rule is dependent on the van you have, and your manufacturer should have a better idea of the ideal speed for your van. That speed is usually somewhere between 50-60mph, which isn’t to say that you should go 50mph in a 30mph zone to get the most fuel efficiency, but when you’re on the dual carriageway or motorway you will use fuel more rapidly the faster you drive. Slow it down over a long distance journey on the fast roads and you’ll see a much better fuel performance.
Don’t carry excess weight
Clearly you can’t kick the family out of the van, but you can ensure you aren’t carrying unnecessary weight around with you. Do you still need all of the junk in your van? It is simple physics, based on the principle that the heavier an object is the more energy it has to expend to move. Roof boxes themselves won’t be too detrimental if aerodynamic, but piling them with junk and keeping it on everywhere you go will definitely burn up more fuel.
Don’t sit idle
There is a reason van manufacturers are now producing vehicles which turn their engines off when waiting at traffic lights or in a traffic jam. If you stop and let the engine idle you’re using up fuel, so simply turn the engine off when you’re waiting to pick someone up or pulling in to get directions. Obviously you can’t do this at traffic lights yourself, but you’d be surprised how many people sit with the engine on at the roadside when turning the engine off then on again a few minutes later is much better.
Inflate your tyres regularly
This tip has two facets: one is for the safety of you and your passengers; the other is that you can save more fuel with properly inflated tyres. It takes a matter of minutes and when done on a monthly basis it can help the performance of your tyres, making the drive easier on the engine and easier on your wallet at the same time. If you’re unsure about the optimum air pressure level of your tyres then contact the manufacturer of the tyre. Find out more here about the importance of keeping your tyres inflated.
Braking and accelerating
When you’re out on the road, you have to brake and accelerate to stay in line with speed limits and avoid collisions, but there are times when many people do it to an excessive level. Letting your van cruise more and paying attention to the traffic lights will help you more than you might imagine. If you know a red light will soon be green then slow down and aim to go through when the light is back to green; you keep the van at a steady speed which uses less fuel. An additional mention can be made for revving; there is no need to rev at lights – you’re on the road and not the racetrack. Revving your engine will only use more fuel.
Now you’re armed with some handy and easy to implement tips, you can begin to make subtle changes to your driving, which will increase your safety and help you save money on fuel. Here at i-Drive Van Hire we can provide fuel-efficient vans in all shapes and sizes to help you with the jobs you need to get done. Get in contact today to talk about van hire and how better driving will save money on the fuel you use.