In a fit of opportunistic helpfulness, the Institute of Advanced Motorists is *URGING* drivers to adopt fuel saving tips rather then stocking up on petrol over the next few days/weeks. (Whenever the tanker driver strike is announced, basically.)
Here's how we can all use less fuel:
Read the road ahead and try to anticipate what the traffic around you will do, for example at traffic lights, roundabouts and junctions. There's no use accelerating hard away just to have to brake 50 yards on – both MPG killers. Cruise control is useful and economic for smooth driving on long journeys, but turn it off on hills.
Stick to the speed limit. Reducing speed from 85mph to 70mph can save up to a litre of petrol every 20 miles.
Switch off the engine if you are going to stop for some time at a level crossing or slow-changing lights. Small cars use 1.5p of petrol every minute and medium-sized cars lose petrol and money at double this rate.
Lighten the load. Excess baggage or an empty roof box will increase your fuel consumption. Check that the contents of your boot are essential, and remove the roof box while not in use.
Check your tyres. Underinflated tyres will increase your fuel consumption by up to three per cent. Check tyre pressures when the tyres are cold, at least once a month.
Simon Best from the IAM said: "Green driving techniques can easily improve fuel efficiency by up to 10%. In other words, if the monthly price of filling up is typically two tanks at £70 each, an advanced driver can save £14 a month."