Ever-increasing concerns over fuel costs and carbon emissions mean that clean, efficient driving is more important to drivers than ever before. There are numerous ways in which you can improve your vehicle’s engine efficiency, reducing running costs and environmental impact :

Regular maintenance

Having your car serviced at specified intervals removes any problems that may be affecting the efficiency of your engine. The replacement of components and vital fluids reduces strain on the vehicle’s motor, reducing fuel consumption and emissions as well as improving performance and longevity.

Choosing the correct tyres

More environmentally-friendly tyres with lower rolling resistance could save you up to 5% in fuel costs.

Keeping your tyres inflated

A gradual decrease in tyre pressure may go unnoticed, but fuel consumption increases significantly when your tyres are only slightly under-inflated. The level of air pressure recommended in your owner’s manual will allow you to get the best from your vehicle.

Using certain features sparingly

Useful features such as air conditioning, heated windscreens and other electronically-controlled functions are now commonplace on most cars. Using these all the time, however, can put unnecessary strain on your car’s battery and make it less fuel-efficient.

Avoiding harsh manoeuvres

Braking and accelerating rapidly where it is not needed uses significant amounts of fuel. Observation and anticipation, as well as making you a safer driver, allows you to use speed in the right places and cut fuel consumption.

Reducing your car’s weight

Leaving heavy items in the interior of your vehicle for long periods of time adds to its weight, and your fuel costs. Accessories that impair the aerodynamic qualities of your vehicle, such as roof racks, also reduce fuel.

The knowledgeable sales and aftersales staff at your nearest Jardine Volkswagen dealership will be able to give you further advice on how to reduce your car’s fuel consumption and carbon output.