Most of us can drive and do so on a daily basis. But when you get behind the wheel do you really think about driving?
We make observations all the time on the road. How fast we’re going, what the steering is doing, will that car pull out on me? But these observations all generally induce reactionary driving – if we’re too fast, we slow down. If we’re going to crash, we alter the steering.
However, if you seriously and proactively think about your driving, then it could save you a healthy chunk of money and keep you much safer at the same time. Here are our top driving tips:
- Modern cars are all about efficiency – exploit your car’s engineering excellence to the full by using gentle acceleration when moving off. This will help save fuel and keep your visits to the pumps at a minimum.
- Braking early and gently rather than sharply decelerating will improve efficiency when teamed with modern technology – such as Mazda’s i-ELOOP regenerative braking system* – giving the car more time to harness wasted energy.
- Don’t brake too hard – it stresses a car unduly, putting you and your passengers at risk. It could unsettle your vehicle and see you rear-end the car in front if they decide to brake harder.
- Look further ahead – the more you can see and the earlier you see it, the greater chance you have to react to an incident. Being observant is important and will help you put the above three steps into practice.
- Don’t overly stress your car – that means employing some mechanical sympathy with the components. Hyundai, Mazda and Suzuki hold outstanding reliability records, so if you you’re kind to your car, it’ll be even kinder to your wallet.
- If your car has stop-start, use it. Sitting stationary with the engine idling if you have stop-start is wasting fuel. Use the system to improve fuel economy – that’s what it’s there for.
- Inspect your vehicle regularly – it’s important to do a regular vehicle check, examining tyre tread depth, lights, coolant and even windscreen washer fluid levels. It’s your responsibility to keep your car in roadworthy condition.
*i-ELOOP converts a vehicle’s kinetic energy back into electricity when slowing down, helping to improve fuel consumption by as much as 10 per cent.