Nine fuel saving tips

We've compiled a list of tips that will help you get more fuel efficiency from your car.

Use the ECO drive mode

Newer Volvos are equipped with an Eco drive mode - a function designed to help you drive more economically and reduce fuel consumption. When this mode is activated, the car will intelligently contribute to more economical driving. ECO+ in many Volvos is a function that can reduce fuel consumption by up to 5% depending on driving behaviour.

Plan your journey

Use satellite navigation to plan your route, avoid congestion, road works and taking wrong turns. If you don’t have access to a satellite navigation system, look on the internet for route planning and traffic information before you set off. Look at the routes you frequently take and assess whether there are less congested roads you could use. They might add kilometres to your journey but, if they cut out stop-start motoring, it could save you money.

Anticipate road conditions

Drive smoothly, avoiding sharp acceleration and heavy braking. This saves fuel and reduces accident rates. Switch off the engine if you’re going to be at a standstill for a reasonable amount of time, for example, when stuck in stationary traffic. Start driving as soon as you start the engine and switch it off as soon as you reach your destination.

Use accessories wisely

Accessories such as roof racks, bike carriers, and roof boxes significantly affect your car’s aerodynamics and reduce fuel efficiency, so remember to remove them when not in use. The lighter your car is, the less effort it needs to accelerate. Keep windows and the sunroof shut when driving on motorways, and don’t carry unnecessary items in your vehicle.

Avoid unnecessary journeys

For short journeys, leaving the car behind and walking or cycling will benefit your wallet, as well your health and the environment. Car-sharing is something else to consider, as it not only saves money, but eases road congestion. Consider whether a video or teleconference could be substituted for that business meeting miles from the office.

Don’t over-rev your engine

Accelerate gradually without over-revving. Speed up smoothly; when you press harder on the accelerator more fuel flows, but you can reach the same speed using much less power – a good rule is to try to change up a gear before 2,500rpm (petrol) and 2,000rpm (diesel).

Check your tyre pressure regularly

Under-inflated tyres are not only dangerous and increase wear, but can also increase fuel consumption. So regularly check your tyres are inflated to the correct pressures listed in your vehicle handbook.

Turn off the air conditioner

Air conditioning can also increase fuel consumption, so make sure it’s turned off unless you really need it. The same applies to climate control, although this does not use as much fuel as manual air conditioning systems.

Keep your vehicle in good shape

Service your vehicle regularly in conjunction with the vehicle handbook. A regularly serviced car will be more efficient on fuel. Only use the recommended fuel and oil for your vehicle for best fuel efficiency as specified in your vehicle handbook.