Clever sat nav setting will help you save fuel – here's how | The Sun

DRIVERS have been told to use a clever sat nav setting that will help save fuel amid high prices.

The setting allow motorists to choose the most economical route and in turn saves money on petrol and diesel.

The latest RAC Fuel Watch indicates that drivers will have to pay around 164p per litre of unleaded and 170p per litre of diesel.

According to the forecast, the price of petrol is expected to stay the same, while the price of diesel should fall further. 

With a lot of uncertainty surrounding the prices, Graham Conway, Managing Director of Select Car Leasing, urged drivers to select their sat nav route carefully.

He said: “To avoid excessive fuel consumption, most modern-day sat-navs come with the option to select the fastest route, even taking traffic into consideration.

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“Avoiding sitting in standstill traffic can contribute to fuel-saving efforts, as your car drives most efficiently when in a higher gear – as opposed to crawling.

“Some sat-navs will even allow you to select the most economical route to help you avoid fuel-stealing obstacles such as large hills and heavy stop-start traffic.

“For example, there’s an ‘eco-friendly routing’ feature on Google Maps, which instructs drivers on the most economical route to take.”

The motoring expert also said that there are a number of other ways to save money on fuel.

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He urged drivers to be conscious when topping up and only fill up what the car requires.

Graham added: “A top tip to keep up with your top-ups is to keep a consumption notebook in your glove box or keep a record on the notes app on your phone.

“For every visit to the petrol station, note down how much fuel you put in your car to get from A-B.

“In this ever-changing economy, be sure to record your fuel consumption in litres and not in pounds.”

The motoring expert also says that inflating tyres to the right pressure will help you save more fuel.

He said: “If you have the incorrect tyre pressure, you'll be using more fuel to keep your car running smoothly. This is because of the added friction while driving that comes from an under-inflated tyre.

“To know what the recommended tyre pressure is for your vehicle, first check your vehicle handbook.

“Sometimes the pressure could be printed either in the sill of the driver's door or on the inside of the fuel tank flap.

"Your vehicle manufacturer may also suggest different tyre pressures for your front and rear tyres so it is always worth doing your research.”

Lastly, Graham says that filling up at supermarkets might be the way to go despite high prices.

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He said that supermarket fuel comes from the safe refineries as big brands like Shell or Esso.

But they usually add in a range of their own special additives in order to improve fuel efficiency and performance.

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