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Tips to maximise your fuel

As driving costs increase, it becomes more important for many drivers to make sure their chosen Diesel fuel provides the best value for money. Shell Diesel with fuel economy formula has been specially formulated to give you extra miles at no extra cost.

Here are some steps you can take before and during driving that will help you go further.

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The Fuel Stretch Drivers Guide

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Step 1: Before you drive

1. Tune and service your engine – A well-tuned engine can improve fuel economy so change your oil and follow your car manufacturer’s recommendations on servicing.

2. Keep your tyres at the right pressure – Correctly inflated tyres are safer and last longer. A tyre that is under inflated by just 1 psi can already reduce fuel efficiency. An under or over inflated tyre is also more vulnerable.

3. Avoid carrying excess weight – Every extra weight you carry can reduce your fuel efficiency. So keep your boot or back seat clear of unnecessary items that just add weight to your vehicle.

4. Take the roof rack off – If you’re not using your roof rack then remove it. They affect the aerodynamic efficiency of your engine and create drag, reducing fuel economy.

5. Use the correct oil – Always use the recommended grade of motor oil. Using the manufacturer’s recommended lubricant can improve fuel efficiency. Higher quality motor oils can also help your engine operate more efficiently.

Step 2: While driving

1. Drive smoothly – Aggressive driving can use as much as a third more fuel than safe driving. Avoid accelerating or braking too hard and try to keep your steering as smooth as possible

2. Avoid over-revving – The higher gear you drive in the lower your engine speed is, which can improve fuel efficiency. So change up a gear whenever you can, without labouring the engine.

3. Use cruise control – Using cruise control on major roads helps you maintain a constant speed and, in many cases, will improve fuel consumption

4. Avoid excess idling – Idling gets you nowhere but still burns fuel. Turn the engine off when you’re in a queue, or waiting for someone, until you need it.

5. Use air-conditioning sparingly – Air-conditioning puts added strain on the engine. Try to limit its use to particularly hot or cold days and on temperate days just use the fan. Alternatively you can wind down the window. Whilst you will lose some fuel efficiency through aerodynamics it is still far more economical than using the air-conditioner.