Fuel efficiency tips

Take a look at our advice below for ways to reduce your fuel consumption.

Before your journey

  • Plan your journey before setting off – utilise website and sat-nav information to plan the best route avoiding, where possible, congestion and roadworks. See our traffic alert service for help with this
  • Remove any unnecessary loads – the extra weight increases fuel consumption
  • Check tyre pressures regularly – under-inflated tyres are dangerous, wear out more quickly and increase fuel consumption

While you're driving

  • Drive calmly – avoid harsh braking and acceleration. Pulling away too fast can use up to six per cent more fuel
  • Concentrate, observe, anticipate – maintain a smooth driving style that avoids accidents and saves fuel
  • Brakes to slow, gears to go – slow the vehicle using the brakes, engage the correct gear for your speed and by-pass all intermediate gears
  • Don’t pump the accelerator or rev the engine unnecessarily
  • Skip-shift (block shift) gears where it is safe to do so
  • Pull away in the right gear
  • Use cruise control on open roads and where it is safe to do so
  • Switch off the engine in traffic jams and whilst waiting at levels crossings
  • Watch your speed – always travel at a safe speed according to the conditions. Remember the speed limit is a maximum in relevant conditions, not a target at any cost
  • Know your average miles per gallon (MPG)

View our fuel efficiency briefing note for more tips and advice on reducing your fuel consumption.