Being a diesel driver we’re in the fortunate position of enjoying some already pretty decent fuel economy – a lot of the appeal of diesel motoring lies in their ability to be fairly frugal when supping from the black pump.
As good as the fuel economy might be, one thing remains true – diesel, however little you use, ain’t cheap. Here’s Diesel Car’s top five ways to stretch your fuel economy.
1. What’s in the boot?
It might seem an obvious one but its surprising how often we carry around things we don’t need to. For example you might have small children that need a buggy – how often do you leave it in the back if you just nip out without the kids? Well that extra weight is making your car heavier and therefore it’s burning more diesel. In short – don’t drag a load of junk in your trunk!
2. Under pressure
Are your tyres at the right pressure? When did you last check them? Under or over inflated tyres can not only be dangerous but they can also impact on your fuel economy. If a tyre’s pressure is too low it means there’s great rolling resistance on the wheel. In other words your car has to push harder to move the wheels and, obviously, the harder it’s pushing the more fuel it’s using.
3. Stay light in your loafers
Torque. Don’t you just love it? The sheer grunt of a diesel engine can add a lot of driver appeal. It’s all too easy to put your foot down at that set of lights and leave that petrol hot hatch standing. However those drivers who favour flooring it might be first away from the lights, but they’ll also be first to the pump. Most diesels these days feature a shift indicator. OK, they’re a little nannying but they’ll save your pounds at the pumps.
4. A good gas
Most of us are quite content to fill our car’s tyres with good ol’ fashioned air. But what if you were to use something else? Something like pure nitrogen. Nitrogen has been use on aeroplane tyres for years and there’s reason to believe it can help improve MPG. Firstly, its not susceptible to moisture and humidity, both of which can effect the way in which tyres behave. Secondly, nitrogen remains compressed for a lot longer than regular air, so you’ll need to top up far less often if at all.
5. Become a cruiser
The motorway speed limit is 70mph, but by shaving 10mph off that speed you could save yourself a fortune. If you’ve got cruise control, use it. Set it to 60mph, hug the inside lane and slipstream every truck, lorry and bus. It might take you another 15 or 20 minutes to complete your journey but you’ll save a fortune in fuel.