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The price of petrol and diesel has always been a cause for concern for drivers, especially those who choose to hire a car. So, we have gone and put together 4 must know hacks to make your trips as cost effective as possible

Windows/Sunroof

While not an issue if your driving through congested areas, but as soon as you hit motorways or more open roads, open windows/sunroofs will quickly become an issue due to drag. Car designers are constantly making innovations to reduce the ‘drag’ and make the car as streamlined as possible. When you pick up speed and start to hear the “wind noise” that is basically active drag, which, makes your car more expensive to run. You can’t do much about the design of your car, but you can avoid making it worse by not leaving the windows and sunroof open.

Smooth Acceleration

Travelling is a constant speed is best way to keep your fuel bills down. So, if you remain patient while driving, you’ll have lower fuel bills – it’s that simple. The notion of not overtaking seems unrealistic, but there’s no point accelerating past a car to simply be in front of it at the next set of lights – That sense of instant gratification will be great for a while, but it will show up on your next fuel bill.

Don’t push the accelerator down too far

This one might be the biggest surprise on this list. Now don’t get us wrong it’s nothing to do with what gear you’re in. You may be travelling at a sensibly at a reasonable speed, but if you’re pushing the accelerator down to avoid changing into a lower gear (into third from fourth, for example), then you’re using more fuel, not less like you may think. Obviously, if your car is an automatic then it will probably do a better job than you of choosing which gear to be in.

Stick to the speed limit

Ignoring the law may shave a bit of time off your journey but could cost you more than a fine and a few points on your license. Travelling above the speed limit, particularly on long motorway trips might mean you arrive about 20 minutes early on a 200-mile trip by travelling at 80mph instead of 70mph. However, it introduces a false economy. While the car is indeed running for that 20 minutes less, it uses much more fuel when it is travelling. That 20 minutes could end up costing you on the next bill.

So, the next time you feel you might feel that your refilling a little too frequently, it may be down to your driving style! The points may seem simple, but they sure do add up and cost you over time.

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