The global energy crisis has been hitting the headlines for months now. And it doesn’t look like it’s going to be going away any time soon. Which raises a very obvious question for learner drivers: will I be able to afford to run my car?
Right now, none of us can really say when – or if – fuel prices are likely to fall. But while the cost of fuel is concerning for everyone, it needn’t affect your ambitions to learn to drive. Because although you can’t drive without fuel – whether petrol, diesel, or electricity – there are steps that good drivers can take to reduce their fuel consumption.
Five Tips to Reduce Your Fuel Consumption When Driving
Plan your journeys
When you’re a new driver, it always makes sense to plan your journeys, unless you’re going somewhere completely familiar. Because there’s nothing more stressful than getting lost. But, if you’re trying to cut down on fuel, it’s worth planning ahead. Not only so that you know your route and can avoid any unnecessary detours. But also, to try to consolidate your outings. So, rather than taking five separate trips, try to do as much as you can on one journey. And remember that your car isn’t your only option. Just because you can drive, doesn’t mean that you should drive everywhere. So, walk and take public transport where it makes more sense.
Your driving instructor teaches you how to drive safely. But by adopting safe driving habits, you’re not just preparing to pass your test, you’re preparing to be economic with fuel. By driving steadily, avoiding anything that makes your engine roar, you are making your fuel go further.
Check your tyres
If your tyres aren’t inflated to the correct level, your car has to work harder to move forward. And the harder a vehicle has to work, the more fuel it will burn. So, pop to the garage, get your tyres checked, and add some air where necessary.
Don’t leave your engine running
This one is a no-brainer. But while your engine is running, your car is consuming fuel. By switching off your engine when traffic is backed up, or you’re picking someone up, you can save a considerable amount of fuel, money, and emissions.
Reduce the weight that your car is carrying
The heavier a vehicle is, the harder it has to work. And again, the harder your car works, the thirstier it becomes. So, rather than driving around with half a tonne of dog food in the boot because you can’t be bothered to take it into the house, streamline what you’re carrying. That doesn’t mean ditching the essentials, like drinking water and breakdown kit (especially as we head into winter). But just clear out any mess or anything that hasn’t previously been a priority to move.
Everyone is concerned about fuel economy right now. And there’s no denying that the cost of all fuel types has reached eye-watering levels. There will be times when the sensible option is to leave the car at home. But being able to drive is a skill that will last a lifetime. So, while it makes sense to be careful, now is not the time to for learners to give up on driving altogether.
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