Drivers are just now realizing an easy way to use less fuel while driving – and it’s so obvious

With the Easter holidays just around the corner and many families looking to take some much-needed time off, Britain’s streets will be busier than ever.

Most riders need as much cargo capacity as possible, some want to fit extra luggage on roof racks and also use roof boxes to transport a raft with gear.

Family station wagons offer a lot of space, but you still need a roof box

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Family station wagons offer a lot of space, but you still need a roof box
Families often use a roof rack to transport bikes

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Families often use a roof rack to transport bikes

What you may not know is that placing bulky items on your car can cost you money – making your car less aerodynamic and less fuel efficient.

Surprisingly, a study found that the overall economy can be reduced by up to a third of what you would normally expect.

Why do roof boxes in particular have such a negative effect on your car’s fuel consumption?

Whether your vehicle runs on petrol, diesel, or perhaps an electric vehicle, overall weight and aerodynamics have a major impact on your ability to travel longer distances efficiently.

Car designers do their best to ensure the vehicle’s shape is as smooth and smooth as possible to minimize drag.

If you put a big box on your car, you increase the resistance – maybe not so much at lower speeds, but at freeway limits you find the engine has to work a lot harder to keep up the pace, and uses a lot more fuel in the process.

Although using the big, bulky boxes is sometimes a necessity for family vacations and travel, the HUGE mistake some people make is not removing them from the car upon their return.

The moral of the story is that if you spend a little time making sure roof racks and storage boxes are removed from your car when you don’t need them, you’ll save a buck at the pumps.

Perhaps you should also think about your own driving style – cruising on the Autobahn at 100 km/h instead of 110 km/h is much more economical.

And if you buy a car with a stop-start system – a feature that automatically shuts off the engine when stationary – it is estimated that you can save around 15 percent on fuel in city traffic.

Even if you're hauling a lot of gear, there are ways to save on fuel

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Even if you’re hauling a lot of gear, there are ways to save on fuel

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