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The cost of your fuel makes up a larger part of the weekly, monthly and annual cost of running a vehicle. With fuel prices going up and down on a weekly basis you may be looking for ways to reduce your fuel costs. This is where Arval can help. We have put together our top 10 tips for saving money on your fuel bills.
Plan the most efficient route making use of your sat nav (or a map) to avoid getting lost and driving further than necessary. Before you leave; check the traffic news to avoid any traffic black spots. If you are able to control your journey time try to avoid peak travel times.
Keep your vehicle in good shape and follow your manufacturer’s guide to service and maintenance. A poorly maintained car or van uses more fuel.
The faster you drive the more fuel you consume. Speed limits help to reduce your fuel consumption as well as maintain safety.
Did you know?
At motorway speeds a 15mph difference can use 17% more fuel
At low speeds it is more efficient to drive with the windows open than use your air conditioning. Save your air-conditioning for speeds of 60mph and above, when the effects are less noticeable.
Roof-racks and boxes add wind resistance and increase fuel consumption. If you’re not using it, take it off. If you do need to transport bulky items, pack carefully to reduce drag and consider using a trailer.
Save money by adopting a smooth driving style – accelerating and braking gently will improve fuel consumption.
An empty car will use less fuel than one full of equipment. Every extra kg matters and will affect your fuel efficiency. Keep your boot clear of anything that you don’t need for your journey.
Did you know?
Average increase in fuel consumption, when vehicle fully laden, is up to 7% more.
Change to a higher gear as soon as possible to save your engine from labouring. Watch your gear shift indicator and change up at the most efficient points. You should change up a gear at around 2,000 RPM.
Many cars now have automatic stop start systems that switch off the engine when you stop. They have several important features that ensure this process is efficient and may be configured not to turn off in certain conditions. However if you do not have this technology on your car as a general rule:
We hope this guide has given you a good starting point – but we’re more than happy to answer any other questions you might have when choosing the right car for you and your business needs. We’re experts in vehicle leasing with over 40 years’ experience and more than 160,000 vehicles under contract, so we’re confident we’ve seen everything and covered every question.
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