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How good a driver are you? If you’re thinking, we’re talking about how you burn around corners or can overtake in the quickest time, then think again. A good driver is an efficient driver. They make the best use of their vehicles and use them in a way that reduces environmental impact and saves money. So, if you want to know how to make your driving – and your car – more efficient, read on.

These tips could have a dramatic impact on your finances and your chances of having an accident.

Buy a car with high fuel efficiency

First off, make sure that your car you buy has the best fuel efficiency it possibly can. Car dealers often recommend that anything around 44 miles per gallon or less can help you save more on fuel costs. However, the lower you go, the less you will pay.

Get regular maintenance

Make sure that you have your car serviced often. An annual MOT isn’t going to cut it – you need that service to have a deeper look at how your car is doing. If it’s working well, it will get through fuel at its optimum rate, and it will also reduce your car’s CO2 emissions.

Check your oil

You should check your oil at least once a fortnight, and before and after any long journey. So many people forget to do this, and the results can be catastrophic for your car. Put simply, your car needs oil like the body needs blood, and without it, your engine will fail.

Brake slower

Braking is just the transfer of energy to heat. So, the more heat you create by using your brakes hard and fast, the more money you are – literally – burning. Come to a natural stop whenever it is safe to do so, and your fuel use will reduce by some distance.

Keep your tyre pressure at optimum level

If you want to reduce your fuel consumption, keep your tyres at their best pressure. Even if your tyres are under-inflated by just a small amount, they can have a serious impact on your fuel consumption. Keep them pumped!

Keep roof racks off when you don’t need them

Roof racks and roof bars have a severe dragging effect on your car when you are driving. That means the engine has to work harder to reach any speed and needs to burn more fuel. So, only use a roof rack and rails when it is necessary.

Mix up your air con and windows for fresh air

Nobody likes driving in a hot and stuffy car. However, you should be careful about how you are cooling down on hot days. The air conditioning in your car needs fuel to work, so avoid it while you are traveling at low speeds and use your windows instead. However, once you get to around 60 mph, the drag effect starts to take hold, and it is more efficient to use the air con. If you do this all the time you can reduce your fuel consumption – and CO2 emissions – by almost 10 percent. Not bad at all!

Any more tips? Let us know in the comments section below.