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Motorway Driving Tips to Save Fuel

By: Sally Aquire - Updated: 7 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
Motoring Driving Fuel Fuel Economy

Saving fuel during motorway driving can be a challenging part of motoring on a budget, as fuel tends to burn more quickly when you are driving at a fairly high speed (as is often the case in motorway driving). This article offers advice on getting the best fuel economy in motorway driving.

Cut your Speed

Driving underneath the speed limit is one of the best forms of fuel economy, especially on the motorway. Generally speaking, the faster your speed, the more fuel you are burning. If you drive at 55 miles per hour, you will save considerably more fuel than if you are motoring at 65 miles per hour or above.

Although most car manufacturers tend to suggest that the optimum speed for fuel efficiency is between 50 and 60 miles per hour, but in actual fact, it is often below 40 miles per hour. However, there will often be situations in which driving at this speed is not safe, for example, if you are travelling below 40 miles per hour on a busy motorway in which the majority of drivers are travelling considerably above this (as it can result in them tailgating your car, which is dangerous).

Using cruise control on the motorway can help to maintain a steady speed. This can also aid smooth driving, as you are less likely to need to apply pressure to the brakes to slow down if your speed increases too much. The main advantage though is the fact that it will maintain a steady speed without using too much fuel.

Drive Smoothly

Driving smoothly is an advisable form of motoring at the best of times, but this is especially true if you are looking to save fuel. This involves smooth acceleration and braking (no sharp reactions on either), and changing gear as and when you need to (rather than continuing at a lower gear than you actually need because you think that it will save fuel). If you drive a BMW or Audi car, you can take advantage of their gearstick indicators that advise when to change gear. Anticipating and being aware of potential hazards before they pose a problem is an important part of maintaining a smooth driving style.

Check Tyre Pressures

Keeping a close eye on your car's tyre pressures whenever you fill up with fuel is a good idea. If your tyres are just 2 psi below their correct pressure, your fuel consumption can increase by 1%. Although you might think that this won't necessarily make a huge difference to your yearly fuel costs, it will all soon start to add up.

Remove Roof Racks

Take the roof rack off your car when you don't need to use it. This will help to reduce drag, which affects fuel consumption on motorways in particular.

Fuel economy is a prominent part of motoring on a budget. Following a few simple tips can help to save fuel, and cut fuel costs. In general, saving fuel on the motorway is not a lot different to saving fuel on any other type of road, as the same basic motoring rules apply.

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