How you can save hundreds on fuel each year

Written by Jack Ramaswamy

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How you can maximise your driving efficiency and save money on fuel.

Fuel prices are at an all time high. In the UK, the price for a gallon of unleaded petrol has increased from the 2021 average of £6.60 to £7.60. When using your vehicle for work, we understand how important it is for you to keep your vehicle expenses under control and this is more important now than ever before. Although you can’t avoid paying for work-related expenses like insurance or fuel, there are a number of ways you can reduce how much you spend. If you're a fleet owner, operating a business with a number of cars or vans, making smart changes towards fuel costs can add up to significant savings. In this post, we’ll look at some of the ways you can cut your fuel costs and we’ll provide some key tips on how to drive as efficiently and safely as possible. Following these tips could see savings of hundreds per year on average.

Watch your speed

Did you know that a vehicle speeding at 80mph on a motorway uses between 10-20% more fuel than one cruising at 70mph? Not only is sticking to the speed limit important in the eyes of the law, it also helps you to drive more efficiently and save money.

Accelerate gently

It’s not only watching your speed that can help cut down your fuel costs, but also how you accelerate. If you’re travelling on a road with speed bumps, it’s better to maintain a consistent speed than to accelerate and brake between each one. Cutting out aggressive racer-style driving is also a great way to reduce the frequency of your trips to the petrol station.

Anticipate ahead

A quick and easy way to improve your efficiency is to drive in as high a gear as you can as long as it’s safe to. In addition to this, you should always try to anticipate the road ahead. Look out for traffic lights, cars, pedestrians or any other potential hazards, so that you can cut down on harsh acceleration and braking and burn through less fuel.

Improve your aerodynamics

When your vehicle encounters a lot of wind resistance, it will increase the amount of fuel your car uses. Keeping your windows closed is a good way to minimise your drag, especially if you’re driving at high speeds.

Keep your vehicle light

Any unnecessary weight, such as roof racks, boxes, or any heavy items you’re keeping in the boot can increase your fuel consumption. You may even wish to consider minimising the time you spend driving around with a full tank, as this can also contribute to a reduction in your efficiency. The lighter you make your vehicle, the more you’ll save.

Avoid burning fuel when stationary

When your car isn’t moving, you can save on the amount of fuel you use by cutting the engine, especially if you’re driving in a busy city with lots of traffic. Some newer cars have this feature built in automatically, but if your vehicle doesn’t, you can still maximise your efficiency by keeping your revs down when your vehicle is stationary.

Check your tyres

Maintaining your tyre pressure by keeping them pumped will help reduce their wear over time as well as the amount you spend on fuel. It’s always important to check your tyre pressure before you set off on a long journey, but when you’re using your vehicle for work, regular pressure checks are a great way to make sure you’re not burning any unnecessary fuel.

Don’t warm the engine

On a cold Winter’s day, it’s tempting to leave your engine to warm up to de-ice your car. However, it’s far better for your fuel consumption to use a deicer spray or windshield scraper.

Switch to electric

Changing to an electric vehicle (EV) may not be a feasible option for every driver, however, it is an easy way to avoid fuel costs and is also environmentally friendly. Obviously, there are many variables to consider depending on the vehicle, however, EV owners who are able to charge their vehicle at home can expect to pay up to five times less annually on electricity compared to petrol. In the UK, there are now more than 42,000 charge point connectors in over 15,500 locations, meaning there are now more public places to charge than petrol stations.

If you have a Zego Sense policy and are interested in the possibility of changing to an EV, you can enter into our Good Driver Giveaway for the chance to win an EV worth up to £35,000.

Following these simple tips can help you save hundreds of pounds on fuel every year but there are also many more ways you can cut down on your costs. Click here to find out more about how Zego can help provide you with an insurance solution that works for you.
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