Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 18°C

min temp: 13°C

Search

Record-breakers share fuel-saving tips

PUBLISHED: 15:34 10 October 2015 | UPDATED: 16:16 10 October 2015

This Audi A6 made a record-breaking drive through 14 European countries and 1,158.9 miles on a single tank of fuel at an average of 75.9mpg.

This Audi A6 made a record-breaking drive through 14 European countries and 1,158.9 miles on a single tank of fuel at an average of 75.9mpg.

supplied

Think it’s difficult to use less fuel? Two record-breakers share their simple tips for how to boost MPG every time you drive.

Using fuel is a luxury we’re accustomed to, but despite recent dips in petrol and diesel prices, it still makes up a huge chunk of motoring costs.

Two record-breaking motor journalists, backed by the RAC, have shared the tips they used to drive through 14 European countries and 1,158.9 miles on a single tank of fuel at an average of 75.9mpg – in an Audi A6.

Andrew Frankel and Rebecca Jackson drove through the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia and Hungary on their way to sealing the new world record for most countries visited on a single tank of fuel.

Now they are sharing advice on how to re-create their amazing achievement every day.

Rebecca said: “To set any kind of fuel efficiency world record you have to be looking ahead as much as possible to pre-empt oncoming hazards.

“This is a good general driving habit but it was absolutely crucial for us. It’s all about keeping moving and not losing momentum. Accelerating from being stopped is very costly in fuel consumption terms and so is going up any steep incline.”

Braking was a pitfall they tried to avoid, instead easing off the throttle to reduce speed.

Andrew said roundabouts involved adjusting speed very carefully on the approach to get through without slowing down too much.

“And if you have a hill coming up you need to judge not just the gradient, but its likely duration too. If you can see it’s just a short rise it’s better to coast up, lose the speed and stay in gear rather than change down early. Each hill is different and there is of course an element of guesswork.”

RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: “We’re currently enjoying a period of low fuel prices but if we can all make our cars go further on less fuel that’s got to be good for the pocket and the environment.”

Comments have been disabled on this article.

A jealous Suffolk man who fired a BB gun at a car after finding text messages from the vehicle’s owner on his partner’s phone has been jailed for ten months.

A former geography teacher from Essex says that schoolchildren should be taught more about what to do if a natural disaster occurs after getting caught up in the earthquake which hit Kos last week.

Proposals for an accommodation complex housing 2,400 power station construction workers in Suffolk have been criticised in an independent report – with energy bosses urged to rethink the plans.

An Ipswich computer repairer who downloaded child porn has walked free from court after a judge decided not to send him straight to prison.

Just weeks after the Ipswich Park and Ride service was relaunched with a new service run by First Eastern Counties, part of its site at Copdock Mill has been put up for sale.

A Suffolk footballer who lost both his legs in a horrific hit and run crash has fulfilled his ambition of walking down the aisle on his wedding day.

A driver killed in a crash which also left his seven-year-old daughter seriously hurt has been named by police as they continue their appeal for witnesses.

A woman in her 70s suffered injuries after an “unkempt” man is reported to have shouted and pushed her to the ground in a Suffolk high street.

Children and parents came face-to-face with all manner of creepy crawlies at the Wildlife Family Fun Day at Holywells Park in Ipswich today.

An accident involving a motorbike and car on the A14 near the Orwell Bridge was resolved with little disruption and no major injuries.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24