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Be a smarter driver

Written by Traci Clayton on 01st January 2015

Drive smoothly

Stop-go driving burns fuel! Watch the cars ahead to avoid sharp acceleration and heavy braking.

Stay in gear

Don't coast downhill or towards lights in neutral as this uses more fuel! Stay in gear and ease off the gas gently to reduce fuel flow to the engine to virtually zero.

Watch the revs

Change up smoothly and change gear before 2.000rpm. Drive in the right gear for the speed and road conditions.

Drive off from cold

Modern cars don't need to be warmed up! Switch on and go and you won't be wasting fuel.

Don't idle

Switch off if you're stationary for more than a minute or two. Restarting the engine uses virtually no fuel until you press the accelerator.

Lighten the load

Dump extra weight - take off the roof rack when you're not using it and clear out the boot.

Plan ahead

Check the route and roadworks before leaving. Stop and ask for directions if you're lost! Use satnav if you have it.

Take it easy

Slow down. You'll get to your destination safer and more relaxed. And take the first parking space you find!

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