Drivers urged to ‘make changes’ as air con and open windows slashes fuel efficiency

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Motorists have been advised to use alternative methods to stay cool this Easter weekend as the spring weather has finally arrived. Alex Kindred, car insurance expert at Confused.com said: “Making changes to the way we drive can help to make the fuel in our tanks last a bit longer, which could ultimately save you money on high petrol and diesel costs.

“When you check your fuel level at home, also check your tyre pressure, as this can impact the amount of fuel your car uses.

“And when driving, reduce the amount you accelerate, stop idling by turning your car off. If you’re at a standstill and open the windows when it’s warm rather than turning up the air conditioning which uses fuel.”

When driving at 45mph, many variables can change how much fuel is used, including the weather, the weight of the car and the driving style.

If a driver is travelling at this speed and using the air conditioning, it can increase fuel consumption by around 10 percent.

In comparison, when driving at 45mph and having the windows open causes drag, meaning fuel consumption can be increased by as much as 20 percent.

At low speeds, drivers should open the window as the fuel used to compensate for drag is less than the fuel used to power the air con.

But when driving on the motorway, drivers should follow the opposite advice.

The climate control should be turned on and the windows should be rolled up.

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Mr Kindred said the tipping point for this is around 30mph.

Millions are also set to hit the roads this weekend, with experts urging drivers to make decisions to boost their fuel efficiency and stop for petrol and diesel less often.

Mr Kindred advised drivers to keep an eye on their fuel as they drive or risk having to stop earlier to fill up.

He said: “Bank holidays tend to go hand in hand with traffic jams.

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