Smart Driving Advice

Driving Advice

Follow our fuel efficient driving tips to save on fuel and reduce your emissions. Try our tips below to drive smarter.

Smart driving in any car

Switch off your engine
Many newer cars automatically turn off when stationary in neutral. If yours doesn’t, turn off your engine when you’ve stopped for a minute or so to save fuel.

Higher gear
Driving at lower revs reduces fuel consumption so change up a gear at around 2,000 RPM.

Drive smoothly
Assess the road ahead as much as possible to avoid unnecessary braking and acceleration, which increases the amount of fuel you use.

Slow down
Your fuel costs will increase the faster you drive so keep speeds reasonable.

Windows vs air conditioning
If you are travelling at low speed opening the windows is more efficient. If travelling at 60 miles per hour or above, closing the windows and using the air con will save you more.

Tyre pressures
Under-inflated tyres increase your fuel consumption and can be dangerous on the road so check them once a month and before long journeys.

Roof racks/boxes
Having these attached to your car when they’re not being used will increase drag and increase your fuel costs.

Lighten your load
Remove excess items from your car before travelling to reduce weight.

When buying a new vehicle

Vehicle choice can have a major impact on fuel costs and emission and generally, the smaller the engine size the more efficient a vehicle will be. If your company car is up for renewal or you are thinking of replacing your car, check out our animated guide and our tips below on how to save on motoring costs.

New cars
Cars are now much more fuel-efficient and you have a choice of different engine types: petrol, diesel, hybrid and electric.

Company cars
In the UK, company cars are taxed both on value and emissions, so look for a low-emission model to save on costs. Tax band information is provided by the HMRC.

Used cars
Fuel efficiency in older cars varies hugely. Research data for fuel consumption and emissions in used car models is available from Directgov.

Motorcycles and scooters
As with cars, the smaller the engine size the better the fuel efficiency of a motorbike or scooter. Smaller models may obtain over 100 miles a gallon; however, these bikes may not be suitable for long journeys.

Winter driving

The cold season means extra challenges when driving, so why not download our guide for extra tips to help you drive safely and more efficiently?