Fuel Saving Tips When You Can’t Get To A Petrol Station

28 September 2021 Blog

We’ve all had the panic… your fuel light has come on and you’re nowhere near a fuel station, so what do you do to eke out the remains of your petrol or diesel supplies until you can get to one?

Whether the dreaded low fuel light has caught you by surprise, or you’re on a long journey and running low, there are lots of ways you can adapt your driving style to conserve your fuel levels when running low (and get the best fuel economy too)!


Only Drive When You Need To

If you can avoid using your car when you’re running on empty then do so. Try and complete shorter trips on foot (or public transport), and only use your car on longer journeys.


Avoid Idling

If you’re stuck in traffic, switch your engine off (if safe to do so) or use the stop start feature when at traffic lights / in traffic to avoid burning excessive fuel.


Steady Braking & Accelerating

Try to avoid being heavy footed when braking and accelerating. A steady foot on the pedals will increase your mpg and reduce fuel consumption.

Coupled with this, keeping a decent distance between yourself and the car in front will help you better anticipate situations and regulate the speed at which you are driving


Use Cruise Control

If you’re running low on petrol or diesel whilst on the motorway use cruise control. This will ensure you car remains at a steady velocity and you’re not overly accelerating (meaning your engine is doing less work).

Cars with Adaptive Cruise Control can sense changes in the speed of the traffic around you and adjust the car itself, which can also help save petrol and diesel.


Switch Off Your Air Con

Unsurprisingly, having your air conditioning on can consume up to 10% in extra fuel! The compressor in your air conditioning system requires fuel for it to circulate the cooled air around your vehicle, and this energy comes from the engine.


Don’t Drive With Your Windows Open

On the other side of the coin, driving with your windows open can also increase your fuel consumption, especially when driving at higher speeds. Open windows make your car less aerodynamic and increases drag (which means you will use more fuel)

As a general rule of thumb, we’d say have your windows down at low speeds, and put your air con on when driving at higher speeds.


Check Your Tyres

Ensure you tyres are inflated to the correct pressure levels. Tyres that are not properly inflated can reduce your vehicle’s fuel economy, wasting both fuel and money.

We’d recommend checking your tyre pressure every couple of weeks. Details of the pressure they should be inflated to can be found in your vehicles handbook.

Don’t Drive Around With More Than You Need To

The more weight you are carrying in your car, the more fuel you will use, and we’re all guilty of driving around with either the boot or the back seats full of items we don’t need for our journeys. Remove anything you don’t need from your car if you are running low on fuel and can’t get to a service or fuel station.


Consider A Hybrid Or Electric Car

Hybrid and electric cars offer great fuel economy when compared to their petrol and diesel counterparts, and are much more friendly on your bank account when it comes to filling up too!

Furthermore, with the option to part or fully power the car with electricity, you have less reliance on getting yourself to a petrol station, and instead just need to find yourself a plug socket and away you can go.

There are a range of options available including mild hybrids, plug-in hybrids and fully electric vehicles.