MONEY-saving guru Martin Lewis has shared seven top tips to cut fuel bills.
The 49-year-old founder of MoneySavingExpert.com urged drivers to shift into higher gears, brake gently and keep driving if possible.
His advice comes after that Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a 5p fuel tax cut in its spring statement to ease the cost of living crisis.
But drivers were furious that some gas stations refused to pass the savings on to their customers.
Minister of transport Grant Shapps urged drivers to boycott companies that pocket the tax cut.
The harder the driver presses the gas pedal, the more fuel is consumed.
But cars can reach the same speed with much less power. As a rule of thumb, staying below 3,000 rpm helps.
Martin added: “If you accelerate too quickly, you’ll probably have to brake hard, which isn’t exactly efficient.”
Shift up faster
Always drive in the highest possible gear.
Driving through them sooner than feels natural will help slow acceleration a little, keep revs down and improve fuel efficiency.
Think of the street position
By being aware of your position on the road and what lies ahead, you can drive more smoothly and avoid hard braking or acceleration, which can worsen fuel efficiency.
Martin said, “When you hit the brakes, you effectively convert the energy you put into the car into heat.”
Whenever possible, use the momentum of the car to slow down naturally. If you brake a lot while driving, you will also end up accelerating more, which will use more fuel.
Try to slow down naturally instead of hitting the brakes.
Listen to your engine
Heavy acceleration and squeaky brake noise are not good.
Martin asked motorists to imagine this from traffic light to traffic light.
He said, “The person behind you who is accelerating and decelerating will still be behind you at the next light, they just put a lot less time into getting there.”
Keep moving if you can
The first meter driven is always the most expensive. Starting a car uses a lot of energy, so it’s more efficient to safely step up to a traffic light when it’s changing from red to green.
This avoids having to stop and restart completely, which is less efficient.
Don’t roll out
Coasting may feel cheaper, but it’s dangerous.
said Martin on his MoneySavingExpert.com website: “You always need access to the accelerator to avoid unexpected dangers.
“Also, idling cars can cope much worse in sharp turns.”
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