27 May Euros 2016: Fuel Saving Tips for Motorists
There is good news for anybody planning on taking their car to the Euros or holidaying in France this summer as the fuel crisis that affected the country during the month of May is greatly improving. However, it’s still a good idea to know some fuel-saving practices before you hit the road. AA Roadwatch’s Nicole Gernon and Sharron Lynskey have the details:
Know Your Route
The three Irish group games are in Paris, Bordeaux and Lille. The Paris game is first so make sure you’ve a full tank of fuel before you leave Ireland.
Bordeaux is the next game and is over a 5 hour drive from Paris so it’s a good idea to stock up on fuel whenever you can along the way. Next up is Lille. This is near the Belgium border so if fuel shortages escalate, you could always cross to refuel.
The following fuel saving methods may come in handy during your trip:
Leave the kitchen sink
Only bring the items you need for the journey and the first day or two so your car or campervan isn’t laden down. Everything else you can buy when you get there.
Easy does it
Drive smoothly, accelerate gently and read the road ahead to avoid unnecessary braking.
When you have to slow down or to stop, decelerate smoothly by releasing the accelerator in time, leaving the car in gear.
If you can keep the car moving all the time, so much the better; stopping then starting again uses more fuel than rolling but be very careful if doing this.
Change up earlier
Don’t labour the engine but try changing up at an engine speed of around 2,000 rpm in a diesel car or around 2,500 rpm in a petrol car. This can make such a difference that all cars in the future are likely to be fitted with a ‘Gear Shift indicator’ light to show the most efficient gear change points.
Cut down on the air-con
Air-conditioning increases fuel consumption at low speeds, but at higher speeds the effects are less noticeable. So if it’s a hot day open the windows around town and save the air conditioning for high speed driving. Don’t leave air-con on all the time
Turn it off
Electrical loads increase fuel consumption, so turn off your unnecessary electrics when you don’t need them
Stick to speed limits
The faster you go the greater the fuel consumption and pollution. Driving at 70mph uses up to 9% more fuel than at 60mph and up to 15% more than at 50mph. Cruising at 80mph can use up to 25% more fuel than at 70mph.