What Car? says: slow down, save cash
• Stick to 70mph on the motorway and save £1.20 every eight minutes
• Change up from fourth to sixth and cut bills by 25%
• The slower you go, the more you could save
Motorists are wasting thousands of pounds on fuel because they think going fast is economical.
A What Car? survey shows 62% of motorists reckon they're driving most efficiently between 50mph and 60mph.
Not true. Tests by What Car? show the economical reality is that the slower you go, in as high a gear as possible, the more you'll save.
Steve Fowler, What Car? Group editor, said: 'Many motorists happily scout around for the cheapest fuel prices to save 2p per litre – an average of £1.20 per tankful.
'Yet if motorists driving at 90mph on a motorway slowed to the national speed limit of 70mph, they'd save that much in around eight minutes.
'Lowering your speed, and using a high gear, puts less strain on your engine, makes the journey more relaxing and reduces your carbon dioxide emissions. It's a win-win and it's never been more important'.
What Car?'s research was conducted by fuel economy expert Peter de Nayer and included comprehensive testing of five cars - a Toyota Aygo, Nissan Qashqai, Volkswagen Passat, Citroen C4 Picasso and Land Rover Freelander.
The research also shows that a car driven at 100mph uses roughly five times as much fuel as one travelling at 50mph.
Using the wrong gear will also cost motorists plenty. A car cruising at 40mph on rural roads uses 20% more fuel in fourth gear compared with sixth. In town motorists can cut fuel bills by pulling away slowly and smoothly, changing up early and anticipating road conditions to maintain a steady speed.
For more fuel saving tips, log on to Whatcar.com – How to Drive Green.
[Source: What Car?]