Some pointers from an article on today’s BBC news website:
1. (Obvious but …) make fewer journeys or combine journeys rather than popping out twice. Share journeys with friends or neighbours where possible and safe.
2. Use alternative transport where possible: bike, walk, train.
3. Driver slower: depending on the car they say that the optimum speed for fuel consumption is between 50-55 mph. Not ideal for motorway driving. However, driving at 70 mph instead of 80 mph apparently reduces fuel consumption by 10%.
4. Make sure your tyres are full of air – put in a little more.
5. Fill the tank up only halfway – it keeps the car lighter and burns less fuel.
6. Keep the boot empty – again, a heavier car burns more fuel.
7. Use neutral and the handbrake at traffic lights or in traffic jams.
8. If you are stationary for more than 5 minutes, turn off your engine. Starting your engine consumes about the same as running a stationary car for 3 minutes.
9. Drive more smoothly / at more constant speeds. The more you press the accelerator the more fuel is running through the car – stop / start driving is heavy on fuel consumption.
10. Avoid rush hour by leaving a bit earlier or later.