Our top advice for driving economically

It's generally accepted that the model or type of car you buy has a natural impact on the fuel economy you'll receive. While it's true that certain types of vehicle are more economical than others, there are some things that you can actively do to save on fuel.

Lowering consumption for your car starts when you're not even on the road. If you have your model serviced regularly to the manufacturer's standards, the engine will stay as efficient as possible for longer. Also remember to use the right type of oil and have tyres inflated to the ideal pressure level.

It might also be a good idea to clear out the vehicle before you set off. One of the advantages of many models is that they've got plenty of storage spaces and a large boot. However, packing all of these spaces with items will weigh the car down. Roof boxes and bike racks that you're not using will also increase drag and fuel consumption.

When you're ready to go, don't leave the engine idling to warm up as this will waste fuel. If you can turn off systems such as the air con and screen heaters and still feel comfortable, then do so as soon as possible.

Driving economically means gentle acceleration and smooth turning and handling. It's often considered better to keep the car moving wherever possible. However, coasting downhill or approaching junctions out of gear are potentially dangerous as you don't have full control.

An ever increasing number of new cars can now be chosen with start-stop technology in the engine as standard. This cuts off power to the engine automatically when the vehicle's at a standstill, prevented fuel from being used while idling.

Choosing a model with this system will automatically save you fuel every time you stop.

For more tips on economical driving - and to choose a car with a generous mpg - please call or visit us at Lookers