Invaluable advice in keeping your running costs down and efficiency up

Regenerative braking is now a commonly encountered technology, and increasingly so as plug-in hybrids (PHEV) and battery electric vehicles (BEV) significantly depend on it for their efficiency, and to achieve maximum battery range. But it’s also been used for quite some years on fossil fuel cars, by drawing on the available kinetic energy when a […]

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It takes three times as much energy, and therefore fuel, to drive at a steady 70mph compared with 35mph! Is that shocking? Maybe not, but since only around one third of our fuel is converted into motive energy, it means that we waste three times as much fuel at the higher speed compared with the […]

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It takes three times as much energy, and therefore fuel, to drive at a steady 70mph compared with 35mph! Is that shocking? Maybe not, but since only around one third of our fuel is converted into motive energy, it means that we waste three times as much fuel at the higher speed compared with the […]

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Mnemonics are a bit trendy, and perhaps rather over-used these days, but one popped up recently in relation to driving that seems quite useful, and easy enough to remember. It’s COAST. The letters mean Concentration, Observation, Anticipation, Space, and Time, the merits of all five of which we’ve covered in relation to eco-driving over the […]

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Hopefully a few readers are still with us, and possibly some previously uncommitted to eco-driving previously took up the challenge of tackling a familiar, busy, stressful, urban route using the minimal aggression approach we suggested, before the country entered lockdown. Hopefully the results were also encouraging. But with the very best of intentions, you need […]

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Eco driving, driving for economy, getting an extra few miles out of every gallon – call it whatever you wish, but what’s it really all about? What can you really get out of it, apart from maybe saving, at best, a couple of hundred pounds on fuel each year? The whole reasoning behind it fails […]

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The transition from winter to spring is historically a cheerful time for motorists, as washing, and maybe polishing, the car again become possible. And motoring trips become more pleasurable, without the threat of seriously adverse conditions – albeit that February and March can have some pretty nasty late winter weather up their sleeves! But it’s […]

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Well, we’re into 2020, and the days are getting longer, but the worst of the winter weather often hits in January and February, which are usually also the least sunny months of the year. February traditionally serves up the lowest daily minimum temperatures, with the most days of air frost. Engines take much longer to […]

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It’s seemingly becoming an all-electric world, so let’s take a look at e-bikes, or pedal assist electric bicycles, which are a growing feature of the British transport scene. If you’re an eco-minded motorist, they should interest you, as an efficient method of independent local transport in place of a car, whilst people of all ages […]

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If this page is about eco driving – meaning economical and ecologically supportive – then it has to be as much about the cars that we can buy, and we choose to buy, as it does about how we drive them. In the few years since Dieselgate, we diesel drivers have had to accept a […]