Ten tips to increase fuel efficiency for your van

Motoring experts from LeaseVan.co.uk have offered drivers ten top tips to help them conserve expensive petrol and diesel.

With the average cost of a litre of unleaded fuel being just over £1.27, Brits are being reminded how they can change their driving to help keep their money in their pockets – particularly those who rely on vehicles for work.

Tim Alcock from LeaseVan.co.uk said: “Paying for fuel is another costly expense those with vehicles need to pay for, and if they’re reliant on the car or van for business, it can soon add up.

“There are ways to help keep petrol costs as low as possible, mainly by being a bit more aware of driving habit and adapting to increase fuel efficiency.

“Most cars and vans now have built-in systems measuring mpg, which is a great way to look and see whilst you’re driving how your fuel is being affected. Drivers can consume almost 15% less fuel by taking note of what their fuel consumption display is telling them.”

Below are LeaseVan.co.uk‘s ten top tips to increase fuel efficiency:

  1. Save on weight

The more weight in the vehicle, the more fuel you’re going to use. If you know you won’t need a certain set of tools during the day, leave them at home.

  1. Maintenance

Regular upkeep and maintenance of the vehicle means that all the systems will be working to their optimum standards, meaning they’re as efficient as possible. Checking tyre pressures regularly can improve efficiency. Under-inflated tyres can cause you to use up to 2% more fuel.

  1. Accelerate gently

The harder the acceleration, the more fuel consumed. The smoother the drive, in terms of acceleration and breaking, the less work the vehicle is going to do meaning less fuel will be used.

  1. Be kind to your gears

Staying in one gear for too long can slash your efficiency. Many vehicles are now fitted with gear shift indicators, which makes it easier to know which gear you should be in and when to change up or down.

  1. Maintain a steady speed

Unintentional dips in speed and sudden bursts of acceleration to keep pace take a toll on the tank. Cruise control is your best friend when on motorways helping you keep at a constant speed. If traffic permits, allow your speed to drop when you travel uphill. Then, speed up as you roll downhill, which can also have a positive impact.

  1. Keep rolling

It can seem inevitable to stop-start when in traffic. But, slowly rolling along at a constant, low speed can help increase the efficiency of your driving. Try slowing extra early when approaching traffic lights or a queue and you might not have to stop completely.

  1. Use your air-con wisely

At low speeds air-con can have a dramatic effect on reducing efficiency, instead try opening windows to get air through the vehicle. However, at higher speeds such as on a motorway, the effect of air con isn’t that noticeable.

  1. Stick to the limit

The faster you’re travelling, the more fuel you’re using. Driving at 70mph uses up to 9% more than at 60mph, and up to 15% more than at 50mph!

  1. Stay aerodynamic

Wind resistance increases fuel consumption. Keeping windows shut at high speeds, removing roof racks and ensuring everything fits inside the vehicle can help save money on fuel.

  1. Drive a manual

According to the AA, automatics can use 10% to 15% more fuel than manuals.