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Driving with Efficient Use of Fuel

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Since the huge increase price of fuel, I have taken to easing of the gas to save as much on petrol as possible.

I have a reader on my dashboard that tells me miles to gallon. I try to keep it as close to 99 as possible.

I have been doing this for a week and I have managed to get the average from 39 mpg to 44 mpg.

I am really happy with this and wonder what it will be in a month plus better for the planet 🌎

jillylovesyou
2 weeks ago
What do you think of this?
MrsCraig
MrsCraig2 weeks ago

I don't drive that often, I take my son to nursery and that's it. I'm not sure what my mpg is, but there is a reader on my dashboard that would tell me.

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jillylovesyou
jillylovesyou2 weeks ago

MrsCraig basically, get to high gear and coast along at a steady speed. When you know you need to turn or brake ease off about 50 meters before. Amazing the difference in fuel consumption

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MrsCraig
MrsCraig2 weeks ago

jillylovesyou unfortunately it isn't really possible to do that where I drive as it is in town or around houses and you can't get above 3rd gear. Will try it the next time I'm going out of town and on longer roads.

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Golfforall
Golfforall2 weeks ago

Have driven like that for years " not aimed for 99 though " . What is the point of boy racer style of driving ? Heavy acceleration and braking not only uses far more petrol but also causes wear on the mechanical parts , tyres and brakes .

And you know what ? You rarely arrive any quicker !! Sadly many of my mates (who are old enough to know better 😒) still drive like boy racers !

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Pjran
Pjran2 weeks ago

Golfforall we live next to a 30 mph limit but I hear the cars and especially motorbikes racing and breaking just before the roundabout.

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jillylovesyou
jillylovesyou2 weeks ago

Golfforall exactly what I think. So many times people speed in front of me for me to patiently catch up at the next roundabout etc. without speeding

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jillylovesyou
jillylovesyou2 weeks ago

Pjran such a waste of fuel and that kind of noise is super annoying!

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pato
pato2 weeks ago

I've never really bothered too much about fuel efficiency, but there's loads of other things that add to your usage, simply opening the window will increase your usage and so to will having too much weight in your car such as to many items in your boot, also having a full tank of fuel causes you to use more.

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jillylovesyou
jillylovesyou2 weeks ago

pato true

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Golfforall
Golfforall2 weeks ago

pato I think perhaps we can "overthink " these things . A heavy car or an open window can reduce your consumption by 1% ish . Whereas a "Heavy Foot " , on the brake and accelerator will certainly increase your fuel consumption by over 20% (let alone brake and tyre wear .

I don't drive a lot of miles these days but always feel uncomfortable if my tank gets below a quarter full . I fill up for peace of mind (even though I know it may drop my mpg by 0.5 -1 mpg ) . Just to insulate myself from tanker drivers strikes , panic buying etc .

In addition we could say that the time and fuel spent with the car idling in a petrol station queue to top up with £10 to avoid a heavy tank possibly negates the saving over driving with a fullish tank ?

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jillylovesyou
jillylovesyou2 weeks ago

Golfforall I only fill up when down to last 70 miles. I keep my window closed and only use air con in absolute high temperature and then only on a long journey 😊

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Golfforall
Golfforall2 weeks ago

jillylovesyou Yup , air con is like running a mini fridge (can increase ) consumption by 2 -3 % at all speeds . An open window will make negligible difference below 50 -60 mph . Although in city driving I can understand why folks prefer aircon to an open window to keep cool 😮.

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pato
pato2 weeks ago

Golfforall Maybe you are overthinking it, I'm talking about all these things collectively along the other comments, jillylovesyou said "she's taken to easing of the gas" which is the same as the heavy foot, so there wasn't really a need for me to suggest it too, even if you're only saving an extra 0.5 0r 1% on the weight and open windows, leaving air conditioning on and having incorrect tyre pressure also add to these figures and will add to those percentages, even more when all done at the same time, so by keeping on top of it all should increase her MPG for next month which is her goal.

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Golfforall
Golfforall2 weeks ago

pato Totally agree - every little helps .

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cjevans
cjevansa week ago

My sister has the same car as me, granted we drive different routes but she guzzles petrol, and I'm sure it's because she drives like a maniac and I drive like I'm on my test 😂 I don't see the point in soeeding off then having to brake like hell

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Grannyclock
Grannyclocka week ago

My husband has done this for years. We like watching the display that tells you how many miles you have left in the tank. When you drive steadily on a dual carriageway the mileage can be more when you arrive than when you set off! (I know the pitfalls of thinking like this by the way). It gives us something to do on a long journey.

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