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Advanced Driving Tips from All Road Training
Here at All Road Training we like to pass on as much helpful information to drivers as we can, and we hope you find our advanced driving tips useful. Within this section of our website we will delve in to many major elements of driving and how you can become more of an advanced driver.
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Advanced Driving Tip: How To Slash Your Fuel Costs
Since the recession took full effect in the UK back in 2008, one thing all drivers quickly noticed was the escalating price of both petrol and diesel. Driving your car has become very expensive for both individuals and businesses alike. However, there are certain advanced driver tips you can adopt to help lower the day-to-day costs of driving.
Advanced drivers appreciate that regularly checking tyre pressures is key for saving fuel and, even more importantly, for safety.
Failure to plan = Planning to Fail
To ensure maximum fuel efficiency, plan your journey beforehand. Check journey times to plan the best route, and avoid carrying unneeded excess weight.
Remove roof bars, cycle racks and roof boxes etc when not in use, to maintain aerodynamic efficiency.
Ready, Steady, Go
Start the engine only when ready to go, and move off right away, allowing the engine to warm quickly with no more than moderate use of the throttle. Starting the engine and waiting for it warm up on idle only serves to waste fuel.
Opening a window for ventilation at low speed is more efficient than using the air conditioning, whilst at faster speeds then this is reversed.
Space & Time
Plan far ahead to avoid the need for harsh or excessive acceleration or braking, and avoid all unnecessary stops; plan to ‘arrive to go’ at hazards so as to keep moving wherever safe and practical. Maintain generous space to vehicles ahead so you don't have to dramatically change your speed if, for example, they turn off the road.
Did you know that coasting with the clutch disengaged, or in neutral, wastes fuel? By doing this, the engine slows to idle speed and needs fuel to keep it running. Leaving the car in gear and on a trailing throttle whilst slowing for a hazard allows sensors to cut the fuel supply, with the driven wheels keeping the engine running without burning fuel.
When stopped and safe to do so, switch off the engine when a pause becomes a wait. Having the engine off for as little as 10 seconds can make a difference to overall economy but, realistically, a wait of a minute or more becomes more sustainable. Crucially, make sure you are protected from the risk of a rear-end shunt before switching off the engine in traffic.
We hope these straightforward advanced driving tips help you. For more information about advanced driver training and the courses we can offer, please browse through our website.
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