The media is currently awash with reports of soaring fuel prices reaching a record high, and with a further increase due in April (depending on whether the Chancellor George Osborne bows to pressure from motorists) – the British are facing some of the highest prices in the world.

At Avis we have been looking to see how you can make your fuel go further when renting a car and we found that Martin Lewis has put together some efficient driving tips on his site which claims to be able to cut your fuel spend by a third. Here are some of the highlights:

Step 1 – Make your car more efficient

  • Keep your tyres inflated – Driving your car with just one tyre at 20% below the correct pressure can increase fuel consumption by 4%.
  • De-clutter your car – The lighter your car is, the less effort it needs to make to accelerate.
  • Remove your roof rack – If you’re not using it, as it increases the drag and makes the engine work harder.
  • Turn off the air con – Doing this could improve your fuel efficiency by 8%.
  • Don’t fill the tank – Keep the weight of your car down by only filling up to ½ or ¾ full.
  • Step 2 – Drive more efficiently

  • Accelerate gradually – It’s more economical to increase speed gradually. The harder you press the accelerator, the more fuel flows.
  • Drive in the correct gear – Always drive in the highest gear possible without labouring the engine.
  • Slow naturally – Gradual braking and minimum use of gears saves fuel.
  • Be road aware – The more alert you are when driving, the better you can plan ahead and move gradually.
  • Step 3: Find the cheapest Petrol or Diesel

  • Shop around – Websites such as make it easy to find the cheapest petrol & diesel prices in your area.
  • Don’t run your tank dry – Always fill up at least fifty miles before your tank’s empty to avoid panic buying and spending more.
  • Avoid ‘high performance fuels’ – There’s little or no performance difference for most non-performance cars – so only fill up with the super-fuels if you’ve a sports car that can take it.
  • Step 4: Take advantage of cash back and promotional offers

  • Use a cashback/fuel credit card – Paying for fuel using a credit card reward scheme can earn you 5% cash back.
  • Look out for petrol promotions – Supermarkets often do petrol promotions, so keep an eye out for these to get the best saving possible.
  • If you’ve got any other tips for saving fuel when renting a car then please let us know. Plus for more information on fuel options when renting a car from Avis click here.

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    One Response to “Driving tips to save you money on fuel when renting a car.”

    1. Sumra - New driving test info Says:

      Wonderful article you have selected regarding saving fuel while you are driving renting car. Thank you so much for your tips.

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