Ways To Reduce Your Fuel Consumption

To save money as much as for environmental reasons, reducing fuel consumption on a daily basis is an increasingly frequent issue among motorists. But in practice, it is not always easy to know how to take concrete action. Here are a few everyday tips to help you adopt more eco-friendly driving.

Make your driving flow better

Speed is one of the most significant factors in reducing consumption. For example, did you know that you can save 20% of fuel by lowering your cruising speed by 20 km/h (12 mph)? Use the engine brake and anticipate braking for safer and more economical driving. Maximise gear changes by shifting up when the engine is around 2,000 RPM. In addition, cruise control can be very useful for those who drive long distances.

Good behaviour while idling

While waiting at a level crossing, when stuck in traffic jams, at a service station or at a particularly long traffic light: by turning off your engine when you stop for more than 30 seconds, you can save up to 15% of precious fuel. Vehicles equipped with a “Stop-Start” device will automatically do this for you when you are stopped.

Air conditioning with economy in mind

We don’t always think about it, but air conditioning can represent overconsumption of up to 0.8L per 100 km (2 gallons per 60 miles). Open the windows when driving at a slow pace; this can effectively cool the passenger compartment. In traffic jams, consider switching to the “recycling” mode so you don’t breathe the exhaust from cars around you, while cooling the air that is already in the passenger compartment.


Monitor your vehicle’s load

The lawnmower or moving box that has been in your boot for months, you see where we’re going with this? Over the medium and long term, your car’s weight and load have a significant impact on fuel consumption: avoid placing unnecessary items in the boot and rear seats on your daily commutes.

Maximise your trips

Intelligently reducing your fuel consumption also requires getting the most out of your trips. Before driving, you should check the traffic conditions. When traffic jams are expected, plan an alternative route or alter your departure time. You should also consider maximising the number of passengers in the vehicle per trip. Using all these tips, drive smarter, and make the most of your budget! The planet will thank you!

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First Driving Lesson? Find Out What To Expect Here

So your provisional licence has arrived and it now time to embark on the next chapter of your life.

What to expect on your first driving lesson

If you are starting your driving lessons and you want to know what your first lesson may be like, here we will discuss what you will be doing and learning.

Before your lesson:

  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Make sure you have breakfast
  • Wear comfy shoes that have a good grip e.g. trainers
  • Remember your glasses if you wear them
  • Don’t forget your provisional

The pick-up 

When you meet your driving instructor you won’t be getting in the driving seat straight away so you won’t have to worry about that before you get in the car. Your driving instructor will take you to an area with quiet roads so that you can get to grips with the basics.


The cock-pit drill

When you’ve arrived at your quiet road/street your instructor will have you switch to the driving seat where they will explain to you the cockpit drill. The cockpit drill will involve an explanation of the cars controls and instruments such as the indicator.

The checks you need to do every time before you drive:

  • Doors securely closed
  • Seat in a comfortable position
  • Steering position established
  • Seatbelt is on
  • Mirrors adjusted


You will then get a run-through of the accelerator, brake and clutch it’s easy to remember by ABC.  You will also learn how to use the handbrake, indicator and how to change gear. Don’t be afraid to ask the driving instructor to go through again if you don’t get it at first.


Moving off

Finally it’s time to drive before you take off your instructor will explain a few key procedures:

  • Getting ready to use the gears
  • Checking your mirrors and blind spot
  • Signalling with your indicator
  • Clutch control
  • Changing gear
  • Stopping the car, covering the brake and clutch
  • Curb side parking

Try to relax once you’ve hit the road, your instructor is always there to help you so there’s no need to be scared.

Here at Speedi Driving School, we love to hear about your experiences. so please let us know how your first lesson was? it doesn’t need to be your first lesson with Speedi, it could be with any driving school/instructor.