Record-breakers share fuel-saving tips
15:34 10 October 2015
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.”