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With fuel prices remaining high we’ve rounded up some of our best practices to make a tank go a little further!
Ten Tips to Reduce Your Fuel Bill
1. Make Sure the Cap is Shut
When filling up at the pump you want to make sure the fuel cap is securely shut and the seal is in good condition to avoid fuel lose through escaping fumes due to a faulty cap or one that hasn’t been shut correctly.
2. Keep Up with Maintenance
Staying on top of the regular vehicle maintenance means your Mercedes will be in the best possible running condition which in turn helps lower the fuel consumption.
Additionally, regular work means that small issues are likely to be picked up earlier on and not become larger, more expensive problems later on.
3. Check Your Tyre Pressure
You should be regularly checking your tyre pressure and topping up where needed to make sure all of your tyres are at the recommended levels. Incorrect tyre pressure can reduce your fuel economy by as much as 5% which adds a few extra miles between filling up.
4. Keep it Light
The heavier your vehicle weighs the more power that is needed to move it, which means the more fuel it burns through. So, if you often carry a lot of unnecessary weight, such as a bike rack you use once a week or something left in the boot, then we recommend removing this to help improve your fuel economy.
5. Don’t Idle
Idling is when your engine is on but the vehicle is not moving, such as parked in the drive before you set off or waiting to pick up a friend or child. Although you’re not burning fuel as quickly as if you were moving the engine running will use fuel and this will mean there’s less for when you’re actually moving, so we advise avoiding idling wherever possible.
6. Stick to the Limit
Higher speeds need more power to reach and maintain them, this means that you will use more fuel when consistently travelling faster – another reason to keep to the speed limit. Generally, you will find most cars will have the best fuel economy between 35 and 55 mph.
7. Be Smooth
Harsh acceleration and braking also requires a lot of power, and this means that you’ll need a lot of fuel to produce this power. Smooth braking and acceleration will help lower the fuel burnt in the process to improve fuel economy.
8. Don’t Rest on the Brake
Even if you don’t think you’re pressing down on the pedal resting your foot against the brake can cause mechanical drag meaning there’s additional resistance for your vehicle that leads to the engine working harder and burning more fuel.
9. Reduce Your Use of Non-Essentials
Although you might not think it non-essential features such as the radio, air conditioner and even charging your phone will have an effect on your fuel economy. This is because these features will be powered by the engine, which burns fuel in order to do so. If you’re wanting to make a tank go a little further then one easy change is to reduce your use of ancillary features.
10. Combine Your Trips
A hot engine is more efficient than a cold one so if you need to make more than one journey then where possible try to combine these. When you combine a few smaller journeys into one longer trip then the engine won’t cool down as much and will not need as much fuel.
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