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Face for Business recently came across an article on The Guardian’s Small Business Network – which is a resource we use to keep abreast of current issues relating to small businesses and SME’s.  We receive updates on a weekly basis, and within the last update we came across an article related to saving fuel.

Drive Better - Save Fuel

As we have a number of driving instructors as clients we thought this article was relevant and informative for them, and for you!  The article includes a video where driving instructor Matthew Best, co-founder of the All Drivers Academy, takes journalist, Kitty Dann, on a drive to assess the way she drives and to give tips on how to save fuel.

In the video Matthew notes that:

  • £7bn a year is wasted on driving around not using fuel efficiently
  • The annual average is fuel wastage is c.£300 per driver

His suggestions for managing your fuel more effectively are:-

  • Use block gear changing: 2nd gear to 4th gear and 3rd to 5th gears can help to save fuel
  • 4th gear is the most economic
  • Anticipate road traffic to avoid excessive acceleration and braking
  • Remove unnecessary weight from your car
  • Know where you are going
  • Turn your engine off at level crossings and traffic jams, or anywhere you will remain static for over one minute
  • Reverse onto your drive and drive out – saves fuel and is much safer
  • Ensure your tyres are inflated to the correct psi
  • 85 mph uses 25% more fuel than driving at 70 mph 

And whilst we were researching fuel efficiency, we came across an article by MSN noting the top ten most economical cars – is your car one of them?!

Top Ten Economical Cars 

  • Vauxhall Ampera/Chevrolet Volt
  • Toyota Priud Plug-in
  • Fisker Karma
  • Toyota Yaris Hybrid
  • Renault Clio 1.5 
  • Hyundai i20 1.1
  • Kia Rio 1.1
  • Smart Fortwo cdi
  • Peugeot 208 1.4 
  • Citroen C3 1.4 

We hope you can take some tips from our blog, and feel free to share it amongst your networks – we can all benefit from this knowledge, as fuel is one of most expensive consumables presently. 

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