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.