Little changes to your driving habits can help you make major fuel savings.
Fuel and lubricant
Use good fuel – not all fuels are the same. Your fuel consumption can be optimised by using a good fuel. Shell FuelSave Diesel has been designed to help you save on fuel and can help reduce your fuel consumption and costs.
Use proper oil – Always use the recommended category of engine oil. Quality engine oil, such as Shell Helix Ultra, can also help your engine perform more efficiently.
Maintain your vehicle and follow the recommendations in your vehicle maintenance manual. A properly maintained engine can save further on fuel, so change your oil and follow your manufacturer’s maintenance recommendations.
Keep your tyre pressure right. Properly inflated tyres are safer and last longer. If tyre pressure is too low, fuel-saving is reduced.
Choose flexible driving. Aggressive driving can use more fuel than flexible driving. Avoid accelerating or braking too hard and try to keep your driving as flexible as possible.
Optimise gear changes. The more you use a higher gear, the less your engine will rev and the more your fuel consumption will improve. So move to a higher gear whenever you can, without making your engine labour.
Keep momentum and keep your distance. Think in advance while you are driving. For example, slow down early in order to anticipate light changes. Keep a sensible distance from the vehicle in front of you to allow time enough to brake.
Use speed control. Using the speed control on main roads helps maintain a constant speed and in many cases will improve fuel consumption.
Don’t let your engine run unnecessarily; you consume fuel if the engine turns over while you are stopped. Switch off when in a queue or stuck in a traffic jam. As a general rule, if you stop for longer than 10 seconds, switch off the engine.
Avoid high speed. The more you drive fast, the more wind resistance you will encounter and the more fuel your vehicle will consume just to maintain speed. Drive just a few mph or km/h below the speed limit on the main road or motorway will improve fuel saving. “So drive slower.”
Don’t use air-conditioning too much: the system adds additional tension to the engine and uses fuel to operate. It is therefore advisable to limit use of air conditioning to very hot days. For warm days, it is a better idea to use the ventilator.
When you travel
Plan your journey carefully and avoid peak times. Reducing the amount of time spent in the car is the best way to save fuel. To reduce driving time, combine all short journeys and shopping trips in one day. Also, if you travel outside peak hours, you spend less time in traffic and consume less fuel.
Avoid overloading your vehicle. You may be surprised, but every kilo counts and affects the efficiency of your fuel. So keep your boot and rear seats free of anything you don’t need and just makes your vehicle heavier.
Take off your roof rack.
If you are not using it, remove it. It affects the aerodynamic efficiency of your vehicle and creates resistance, thus reducing fuel efficiency.