If you have had to purchase a reconditioned turbo recently you will want to be finding savings elsewhere.
There are a number of ways you can improve your fuel efficiency by the way in which you drive, you may already know a few of these tips but it is a great idea to revisit these and see if you can improve your driving in any way.
Before you set off driving you need to make sure that your vehicle is as fuel efficient as possible by removing the roof and bike racks if they are not going to be used to help reduce drag.
There are also improvements that can be made with having a more aerodynamic car, though obviously that is a consideration for when you are purchasing a car.
When driving, make sure you don’t over rev. This uses up fuel as it floods the engine. There are a number of misconceptions about this. You may have been told when learning to drive to let your revs go up to 3000 rev pm before changing over your gears but it is actually best to change over at 2500 rev pm to save fuel. Listen to the engine however, they all have their own idea point.
You should also make sure you don’t drive in too high a gear.
Accelerating and decelerating incorrectly can also cause too much fuel to be used. You should avoid stamping on the brakes and accelerating fast, and instead try to drive as a constant speed. You can read more about how to save fuel on The Guardian website.
Once you’ve got your reconditioned turbo fitted on your BMW or Mercedes, make sure you familiarise yourself with the different speed limits that are in place on UK roads. According to new research, 38 per cent of people do not know what the national limit is on single carriageway roads.
Figures from The Co-operative Insurance show that 25 per cent of people believe this to be 50mph, while ten per cent think it’s 70mph or higher. In fact, it’s 60mph. On a dual carriageway, the speed limit is 70mph, but only 36 per cent of those questioned in the survey were able to give the correct answer.
Steve Kerrigan, head of telematics with The Co-operative Insurance, said: “The impact of not being aware of speed limits on the roads can’t be underestimated; speeds are set for a reason and driving without knowing speed can have harmful consequences to other road users and pedestrians, especially if you are travelling too fast.”
You should note as well that the speed limit can differ depending on what kind of vehicle you’re driving. On single carriageways, for example, if you’re in a car, van or dual-purpose vehicle and are towing a trailer or caravan the speed limit is 50mph.
Remember as well that local authorities can set their own speed limits for certain areas, such as a 20mph zone near schools or a 50mph limit on roads that have lots of sharp bends. These should be clearly signed, so make sure you keep an eye out for any speed limit changes while on the road.