General Article Car travel

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  • For local travel consider leaving the car at home and either walk, cycle or use public transport.
  • Keep the vehicle properly serviced.
  • Check tyre pressures at least once a fortnight.
  • Avoid carrying unnecessary weight in the boot.
  • Plan the journey, so you don’t get lost and waste fuel.
  • Try to avoid congested areas.
  • When starting up, there is no need to allow the engine to warm up – it is better to just drive off.
  • Try to avoid sudden acceleration, engine revving and sudden braking – harsh accelerating and braking can use up to 30% more fuel and increase wear and tear of the vehicle.
  • Avoid using air conditioning if possible, as this uses more fuel.
  • Drive with the windows closed, as this reduces drag on the vehicle.
  • Accelerate more slowly.
  • Switch the engine off if you think you are likely to be stationary for more than two minutes.
  • On motorways be aware of the three or four cars ahead, and keep a good distance from the car in front to avoid unnecessary braking.
  • When replac...

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