Driving fast when the car is cold can “waste fuel” – money-saving tip
Experts have provided drivers with a money-saving tip that could lead to wasting less fuel and keeping the engine in better, healthier condition. Drivers were asked to drive slowly when the car was cold in order to see these benefits.
RAC automotive experts have revealed that cars are less efficient when cold.
They said: “If you go fast from the start, you double the wasted fuel and also wear out the engine faster in the process.
“Show a little mechanical sympathy and you’ll start saving money right away.”
On a related issue, RAC added that motorists should not leave the engine idling for too long.
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“When you see a hill coming, try to speed up a bit before you reach it, then slow down on the way up.
“The extra momentum should be enough to minimize the extra fuel consumption,” they commented.
Rebecca Jackson, a professional racing driver who broke the world record for the most countries visited on a single tank of fuel, added to RAC’s comments: “To set a world record for fuel efficiency, you have to look ahead as much as possible to anticipate oncoming dangers.
“It’s a good general driving habit, but it was absolutely crucial for us.”
She continued: “It’s about keeping moving and not losing momentum.
“Accelerating from a stop is very costly in terms of fuel consumption, as is climbing any steep hill.
“We tried not to use the brakes too much, letting off the accelerator to reduce the speed.
Ms Jackson added: “If you can keep moving slowly rather than stopping in traffic, that’s fine, but you need to be aware of not getting in the way of other drivers by leaving too much space behind the car on your way. precedes.
“You have to listen to the engine to make sure you don’t use excessive revs, but you have to use enough of it, so it’s a good balance because you don’t want the car to work too hard either.”