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Shell FuelSave Tips for Driving Efficiently
Small changes to your driving habits can mean significant savings.
Fuel and Lubricant
1. Fuel matters
Your fuel economy can be improved by using the right fuel. Shell FuelSave fuels are designed to last longer*, helping you to reduce your consumption to manage the cost of your motoring.
2. Use the correct oil
A well-tuned engine can improve fuel economy, so follow your car manufacturer’s recommendation on servicing. High quality motor oils such as Shell Helix Ultra E can also help your engine operate more efficiently.
3. Tune and service your engine
A well-tuned engine can help improve fuel economy, so change your oil and follow your manufacturer’s recommendation on servicing.
4. Check your tyre pressure
Correctly inflated tyres are safer, last longer, and can help improve your fuel economy. An under or over inflated tyre is more prone to failure.
5. Drive smoothly
Aggressive driving can use a lot more fuel than smooth driving. Avoid accelerating or braking too harshly, and keep your steering smooth.
6. Use higher gears
The higher the gear, the lower your engine speed is, which can help improve efficiency. Change gear in good time and never ‘redline’ the rev counter.
Driving Style and Behaviour
7. Keep your distance
Think ahead when you’re driving. Leave a sensible distance between yourself and the car in front, giving yourself ample time to brake evenly.
8. Use cruise control
Using cruise control on major roads helps you maintain a constant speed and, in many cases, will improve fuel consumption.
9. Avoid excess idling
Idling gets you nowhere but still burns fuel. If you need to stop for more than ten seconds, turn off your engine to help save fuel.
10. Avoid high speeds
More speed brings more wind resistance, making your engine work harder. Driving just under the speed limit can help reduce fuel consumption.
11. Use air conditioning sparingly
Air conditioning puts added strain on the engine and uses fuel. Try to limit use to particularly hot days.
12. Plan trips carefully
Reduce driving time by combining all your short trips and errands into one journey. If you travel outside of peak times, you’ll queue less and may consume less fuel.
13. Avoid excess weight
Every pound and kilogram affects your fuel efficiency. Keep your boot and back seats clear of unnecessary items.
14. Take off the roof rack
If you’re not using your roof rack, then remove it. They affect the aerodynamic efficiency of your vehicle and create drag, reducing fuel economy.
*Comparison between a standard gasoline/diesel and that same standard gasoline /diesel containing our fuel economy formula. Savings may vary according to vehicle, driving conditions and driving style.