Fleet News

Drive your way to lower fuel bills

Fleet news logo

With average petrol prices reaching almost £1.20 a litre, it seems the only way to avoid a serious cash flow crisis in the lead up to Christmas is to use less fuel in the first place.

Research has found that the UK has the twelfth highest unleaded fuel prices and the second highest diesel prices in Europe meaning UK drivers need all the help they can get when it comes to saving money on the go!

Here is some fuel saving tips provided by Perry’s Motor Group to help make that tank of petrol go a little further. 

  • Check your tyres regularly to make sure that they are not over worn or under inflated, which can drastically reduce fuel efficiency. As many as 50% of the tyres on the UK’s roads are under inflated, this can also increase wear.
  • Shopping around for a bargain also includes shopping for petrol and diesel! Recent studies have shown that fuel prices can fluctuate as much as 5p per litre in any given area.  
  • Drive in the highest gear possible without labouring the engine, as it is the most fuel efficient. Driving in a low gear often over revs the engine, increasing fuel consumption by up to 25%.
  • De-clutter your car- the lighter your car the less effort you will need to accelerate.
  • The aerodynamics of your car plays an important part in saving fuel. Removing roof racks and shutting windows will help to reduce the drag and increase fuel efficiency.
  • Turn off the air con in your car- only use in extreme circumstances!
  • DON’T fill your car up to the top with fuel, this will add weight to the car, which in turn means you will mean you are burning more fuel.
  • Accelerate gradually without over revving- when you press harder on the pedal more fuel flows. A good rule is to stay under 2000 revs.
  • When buying a new car bear in mind fuel economy.

Leave a comment for your chance to win £20 of John Lewis vouchers.

Every issue of Fleet News the editor picks his favourite comment from the past two weeks – get involved for your chance to appear in print and win!

Login to comment


No comments have been made yet.

Compare costs of your company cars

Looking to acquire new vehicles? Check how much they'll cost to run with our Car Running Cost calculator.

What is your BIK car tax liability?

The Fleet News car tax calculator lets you work out tax costs for both employer and employee