Eco Driving in your 7-Seater Car
Did you know that by making just a few adjustments to your driving style and habits you could become an eco driver and also save your self some money on fuel.
Eco Driving – Fuel is Expensive
Why not become an eco driver? I’m sure the fuel costs on your 7-seater cars are bad enough without the extortionate increase of fuel costs adding to the problem. Today fuel is £1.39 a litre for diesel and a few pennies less for petrol, (Aug 2011). Most 7 seater cars are less fuel efficient so you might want to consider adapting your driving style to squeeze as many miles out of the tank as you can. To read our article on the most frugal people carriers click here.
Eco Driving – Correctly Inflated Tyres
Firstly make sure your tyres are inflated correctly. If you can’t suss out how to do this yourself I’m sure wherever you buy fuel from will have a handy assistant to help you to inflate your tyres correctly. Usually there’s a sign by the air pump which will list your car and the correct tyre pressure. Remember to do all four tyres, especially after this recent cold weather.
Eco Driving – Carry Less in the Car
Carry less in your car. Do you really need to have all that clutter in your car? Less weight in your car will improve the number of miles you will be able to get per gallon. If you have a roof rack that isn’t used, remove it. Even unused bike racks should be taken off. Remember less weight is more miles per gallon!
Eco Driving – No Excessive Revving of the Engine
Don’t over rev the engine. When you over rev an engine the number of co2 emissions increase and this subsequently increases the amount of fuel you use. On your next journey think about when and why you accelerate and also whether you actually need to accelerate at all. For example do you really need to overtake someone in front of you if it means that you’ll get there 1 minute quicker?
Eco Driving – Do not Idle the Engine
Avoid idling your engine. If you are sat in your seven seater car, with it switched on, waiting for your child to come out of school, switch it off! I know its cold at the moment but by switching the engine off when you don’t need it on you will make the fuel in the tank last longer.
Eco Driving – Stick to the Speed Limit
Lastly and most importantly stick to the speed limit!
Did you know that if you drive at 70 miles per hour you use up to 30% more fuel than if you were to drive at 50 miles an hour! To think of this another way consider a journey of 25 miles. If you drove 25 miles it would cost £3.66 driving at 50 miles an hour and take 30 minutes, whereas if you did the same journey at 70mph it would cost £4.76 and take 21.5 minutes. Driving faster will cost an extra £1.10 per journey.
Eco Driving – Money Saved
If you did this journey everyday, you could potentially save up to £400 a year! With the extra 3.5 minutes in the car you could listen to some Girls Aloud or my personal favourite some Lady Ga Ga!
Eco Driving – More Savings on Motorway Driving
Savings are even higher on a motorway. If you drive at the speed limit of 70 miles per hour instead of 85 miles an hour on a motorway you could save up to 40% on fuel. On a 300-mile journey you could potentially save approximately £20.
Driving at the speed limit is recommended for more than just saving money – it saves lives too!