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How can I drive in a more fuel efficient and environmentally friendly manner?

Try to avoid using your car for short journeys: use public transport, ride a bicycle or walk.

Plan ahead: choose uncongested routes, combine trips, car share.

Cold starts: drive off as soon as possible after starting.

Drive smoothly and efficiently: harsh acceleration and heavy braking have a very significant effect on fuel consumption. Driving more smoothly saves fuel.

Slow down: driving at high speeds significantly increases fuel consumption.

Use higher gears as soon as traffic conditions allow.

Switch off: sitting stationary is zero miles per gallon. Switch off the engine whenever it is safe to do so.

Lose weight: don't carry unnecessary weight, empty the clutter.

Remove roof racks when not in use; they add weight, increase drag, and increase fuel consumption.

Regular servicing helps keep the engine at its most efficient.

Regularly check your tyres to ensure that they are inflated to the correct pressure.

Do not compromise safety, but be aware that the use of onboard electrical devices increases fuel consumption.

Check your fuel consumption - it will help you get the most from the car. Changes in overall fuel consumption may indicate a fault.

Use air-conditioning sparingly, as running it continuously increases fuel consumption significantly.

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