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Renting a car means spending on fuel. With rising gas prices, it is becoming increasingly important to look at ways to save. Changing the way, you drive can save a significant amount of fuel. Simple changes in your driving methods allow the intelligent management of Eco to save not only fuel, but also loss of time when you reach the goal. Our tips on saving money on petrol or diesel, as well as to reduce CO2 emissions.

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Driving on high speed is not unfavorable

Air resistance is a significant factor when driving at speed. The faster you go, the higher the resistance meaning more energy is needed. The energy needed to accelerate your car from 10 mph to 20 mph is minimal as the only energy required is to move the weight of the car with slight air resistance. Driving at 70 mph compared to 50 mph uses 15% more fuel. Just an extra 10 mph by driving at 80 mph compared to the legal speed limit of 70 mph can use a staggering 25% more petrol.

Let’s say you have a 60 mile trip to make on a 70 mph dual carriageway or motorway. Traveling at over the speed limit of 80 mph will save you only around 6 minutes compared to driving at 70 mph. Considering you can use 25% more petrol at 80 mph, it really doesn’t seem worth it.

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Drive a car perspicaciously

As we all know, there are often queues of traffic at traffic lights, junctions, roundabouts etc. Looking well ahead whilst driving and anticipating a stop is beneficial. Ease off the accelerator well before you reach the traffic queue and apply the brakes gently as you get closer. Driving in such a way, by keeping your foot off the accelerator and using the cars momentum uses no petrol. If you compare this to keeping the accelerator on and braking harshly when you reach the queue, you can easily save over 5% of petrol. Driving using this technique also reduces brake and disc wear significantly.

Choosing a car for rent, be guided by your goals. If you are planning short trips on the highway to the nearest attractions, then rent a car with low fuel consumption. If you are going on a long journey, turn your attention to roomy cars with a diesel engine

Tailgating is not only dangerous and pointless, but it also increases petrol consumption, wear and surface damage to the car. Driving too close to the car in front involves constant braking and accelerating as you need to react quickly to what the car in front is doing. Remaining back at a safe distance allows you to slow down gently by easing off the accelerator and with less need to use the brakes.


Reduce the weight of your car

The greater the weight of your car, the more work the engine needs to do. Removing any none essential items from your car such as child seats if not in use and any items from your boot will help to save petrol.

In the cold winter months when it’s snowing, before moving off in the morning, remove all the snow that has settled on the car. All this snow increases the weight of the car and increases air resistance when driving. Also the police aren’t too happy with drivers leaving snow on their car as it can be hazardous for vehicles behind when driving.


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Air conditioning systems increase fuel consumption. If you are driving around town, turn off the air-con and open the windows.

Any extra electrical load effectively increases fuel consumption. The biggest electrical users are the rear window heater, headlights and fans and heaters. Most cars recycle the heat from the engine making the fans the biggest electrical drain. car control

Turn the car off

If it looks like you will be stuck in a queue of traffic for more than a minute or two, switch off. However, starting a car consumes a certain amount of fuel, approximately the same amount as though you were idling for 1 minute. Turning the car off for a short stop of under 1 minute may consume more petrol than if you were to leave it running. Modern cars that utilize start/stop technology employ a system that uses less fuel on start-up.

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Moving off

Colder engines are less efficient than warm engines. It can take several miles before your engine is at its most fuel efficient. When the engine is cold, don’t push your engine too hard so as to save on petrol.


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