Save on fuel, reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality by following our driving tips and thinking about your vehicle choice. Driving efficiently also has safety benefits due to its strong focus on better anticipation.
Read more about ways to save fuel, things to keep in mind when buying a new vehicle, and company cars.
Assess the road ahead as much as possible to avoid unnecessary braking and acceleration, which increases the amount of fuel you use.
Maintain a greater distance from the vehicle in front so that you can adapt your speed when necessary without using the brakes.
Driving at lower revs reduces fuel consumption so change up a gear at around 2,000 RPM.
Many newer cars automatically turn off when stationary in neutral. If yours doesn’t, turn off your engine when you’ve stopped for a minute or so to save fuel.
Your fuel costs will increase the faster you drive so keep speeds reasonable.
It is more fuel efficient top open the window over using air-conditioning when driving. Air conditioning can increase your fuel consumption by as much as 5%. However, we appreciate that open windows are not always pleasant on extremely hot days or at higher speeds, so to save fuel, if you do use air-con, try to use it sparingly.
Under-inflated tyres increase your fuel consumption and can be dangerous on the road so check them once a month and before long journeys.
Having these attached to your car when they’re not being used will increase drag and increase your fuel costs.
Remove excess items from your car before travelling to reduce weight.
To learn more about the evidence and principles behind these techniques, see our guide on fuel efficient driving for businesses.
Vehicle choice can have a major impact on fuel costs and emission and generally, the smaller the engine size the more efficient a vehicle will be. If your company car is up for renewal or you are thinking of replacing your car, check out our animated guide and our tips below on how to save on motoring costs.
Cars are now much more fuel-efficient and you have a choice of different engine types: petrol, diesel, hybrid and electric.
Information on fuel consumption, emissions and running costs for new cars is available at Directgov.
Fuel efficiency in older cars varies hugely. You can compare fuel consumption, tax and emissions information for used car models at Directgov.
In the UK, company cars are taxed both on value and emissions, so look for a low-emission model to save on costs.
For more detail on company car costs, have a look at our Company Car Guide.