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Change your driving habits

By changing your driving habits you can:

  • reduce your annual fuel bills
  • cut your carbon emissions
  • reduce wear and tear on your vehicle
  • enjoy safer, less stressful journeys

Plan Ahead

Plan your journeys to avoid congestion and road works, so that you don't waste fuel or time getting lost! Use other forms of transport for short journeys. A cold engine uses almost twice as much fuel. Catalytic converters can take five miles to become effective.

Reduce Drag

Roof racks, bike carriers and roof boxes significantly affect your car's aerodynamics and reduce fuel efficiency, so remove them when they’re not needed.

Check Tyre Pressure

Under-inflated tyres are dangerous and increase fuel consumption.

Drive Off From Cold

Modern cars are designed to move straight away. Warming up the engine wastes fuel and causes engine wear

Check Your Revs

Change up before 2,500rpm (petrol) or 2,000rpm (diesel)

Slow Down

Driving within the speed limit is the law, it’s safer and reduces fuel consumption

Step Off The Accelerator

When slowing down or driving downhill, remain in gear but take your foot off the accelerator. This reduces fuel flow to the engine to virtually zero.

Drive Smoothly

Anticipate road conditions so that you drive smoothly - avoid sharp acceleration and heavy braking. This saves fuel and reduces accident rates.

Switch It Off!

Modern cars use virtually no extra fuel when they are re-started without pressing the accelerator. Turn off the engine when stationary for more than a minute or two.

Contact

Tel: 01304 872128

Email: energy@dover.gov.uk

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