Although fuel prices have never been higher and in some stations already exceed € 2 per liter, L’Indépendant offers some tips to reduce your consumption and save money at the pump.
Faced with the staggering rise in fuel prices (+14% in a week for diesel), here are 10 tips to reduce consumption for those who use the car as an essential mode of transport.
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Find the cheapest station
First, since prices vary from one gas station to another, the first thing to do is find the cheapest one near you or at work. The latter must be taken into account. You don’t have to drive tens of miles to save a few cents on a full tank. Any gain would then be completely erased by the extra distance traveled to get to “THE” cheapest station.
In this search, keep in mind that the stations of major retailers are generally much cheaper than those of the oil companies (Total, Shell, Elf, Esso, BP, etc.). Some supermarkets even regularly launch “fuel at cost”. Even though this generally only means a saving of 1 to 3 euro cents per litre, it is still good to take.
To find the cheapest, you can consult the maps of the resorts of Aude and Pyrénées-Orientales below.
Fuel prices in the Aude: which is the cheapest station near you?
Fuel prices – Pyrénées-Orientales: find out which is the cheapest station near you
Avoid waiting to refuel
Waiting to be in reserve to refuel is a bad idea. On the contrary, it is rather advisable to switch to mid-pump when your vehicle’s gauge indicates that the tank is half empty.
If this means going to the pump more often, it will help avoid fuel wastage, both through condensation in winter and evaporation in summer.
Lift the foot
By reducing your speed by 10 km/h, you can reduce fuel consumption by up to 1 liter of fuel per 100 km. A moderation that should save you several tens of euros over the year, depending on the kilometers traveled.
And if you’re afraid of wasting time, remember that on the highway, reducing your speed by 10 km/h only wastes 4 minutes per 100 km.
A practice that also reduces CO2 emissions.
Anticipation and Adaptation
Fans of sporty driving with strong acceleration and brutal braking would do well to pick up a more flexible one.
Instead of accelerating all the time until you hit the brakes at a red light or crosswalk, consider lifting your foot to use your motorcycle brake. In this case, fuel consumption is greatly reduced.
According to the French Environment and Energy Management Agency, eco-driving saves up to 10% on your fuel consumption.
Traffic jam = engine stalled
Stopped for at least a minute? Don’t hesitate: turn off the engine! An exercise without consequences for the engine. Modern cars perfectly tolerate repeated stops and starts.
Many recent vehicles also have so-called “Start and Stop” technology. An option that saves 3 to 8% fuel, especially for city drivers, who often struggle with daily traffic jams.
Beware of the pressure
Studies estimate that about 20% of a vehicle’s fuel economy is due to its tires. Tire pressure that is too low automatically increases petrol or diesel consumption.
Remember to regularly check the tire pressure, the reference values of which are often marked on the inside of the driver’s door.
No air conditioning for short trips
The air conditioning can consume up to 1 extra liter per 100 km on some models. At low speed and for short journeys it is better to open the windows.
However, keep in mind that at higher speeds, on a state highway or a highway, the opposite is true. It is then better to prefer the air conditioning to cool down. At high speeds, opening the window can lead to excessive fuel consumption due to the impact on the vehicle’s aerodynamics.
Cruise control, my friend
The cruise control with which you automatically maintain the speed of your car is a handy option, especially on long journeys, on the national road or on the highway.
Not only for the comfort of the motorist, but also for your consumption. By avoiding sudden acceleration and braking, it reduces fuel consumption, just like economical driving.
A lighter vehicle
If the consumption of a car depends on the driver’s behaviour, the weight of the vehicle is also taken into account. A heavy vehicle full of accessories (bicycle carrier, roof box, trailer, etc.) consumes much more fuel.
Cleaning and sorting in your car can therefore also be beneficial for your wallet.
Descaling, cleaning to remove carbon residue from combustion can give your engine a second life.
Billed at the garage from 70 euros, descaling with hydrogen does not require long immobilization of the vehicle and allows to achieve 15% fuel savings in the long term.