Using a great petrol like ZX is just one way to help improve efficiency. Here are some other ideas to save on fuel that we think are pretty good.
Properly inflated tyres can make a big difference to fuel economy, so keep them pumped to the level recommended by your car’s manufacturer.
Before you hit the road know where you’re going and figure out if there are ways to avoid traffic. That way you can avoid back tracking or sitting in traffic burning fuel unnecessarily.
Extra weight is extra power you have to use, so clear out the things you don’t need and save some fuel.
If you’re in stop-start traffic try to keep a lower constant speed rather than accelerating then stopping as acceleration uses more fuel.
Use the correct oil - Always use the recommended grade of motor oil. Using the manufacturer’s recommended lubricant can improve fuel efficiency.
Higher quality motor oils can also help your engine operate more efficiently.
Tune and service your engine and follow the guidance in your vehicle handbook - A well-tuned engine can improve fuel economy, so change your oil and follow your car manufacturer’s recommendation on servicing. For example, replacing a clogged air filter can improve fuel economy and will help protect your engine.
Take the roof rack off - If you’re not using your roof rack then remove it. They affect the aerodynamic efficiency of your vehicle by creating extra drag, reducing fuel economy.
Use higher gears and avoid over revving - The higher the gear you drive in, the lower your engine speed, which can improve fuel efficiency. So change up a gear whenever you can, without labouring the engine. Change gear in good time when you pull away or when you’re accelerating. Never ‘redline’ the rev counter.
Conserve momentum and keep your distance - Think ahead when you’re driving. For example, slow down early to let traffic lights change, rather than stopping completely, or speed up a little before you reach the foot of a hill. Leave a sensible distance between yourself and the car ahead to give you ample time to brake evenly. Use cruise control - Using cruise control on major roads helps you maintain a constant speed and, in many cases, will improve fuel consumption.
Avoid high speeds - The faster you go the more wind resistance you’ll encounter and the more fuel your vehicle will consume just to maintain speed. Driving just a few miles per hour under the motorway or national speed limit can improve fuel economy.
Use air conditioning sparingly – Air conditioning puts added load on the engine and uses fuel to operate, so limit use to particularly hot days. On high temperate days consider using the fan instead.
Keep the windows closed - Wind blowing through an open window will slow you down. To compensate, you may put your foot down harder, using more fuel.