Motoring tips column

Peter Rodger, Chief Examiner IAM
Peter Rodger, Chief Examiner IAM

THIS week’s motoring tips from Britain’s top advanced driver, Peter Rodger, show us how to drive cleaner and greener.

He is advising readers how to save on fuel and money because green driving will save motorists up to 15% on bills:

l Keep your vehicle moving for as long as possible, even in traffic queues.

This is far more fuel efficient than stopping and starting, so slow down earlier, to avoid braking as harshly and often.

l Stick to the speed limit.

This offers a good compromise between economy and getting somewhere.

There’s a significant saving made by doing 70 instead of 80 – and you avoid any risk of speeding fines.

l Reverse into parking bays.

If you do all the manoeuvring with a hot engine you can drive straight off when you come back and warm the engine up more quickly.

l Check your vehicle regularly to ensure it operates efficiently. In particular check the condition of your tyres, and measure tyre pressures when they’re cold.

l Remove unnecessary weight, including roof racks, car clutter and heavy items in the boot. The more weight you carry in the car, the more fuel you’ll burn.

l Keep the inside of the front and rear windscreens squeaky clean.

Traffic fumes form a film on the glass which attracts moisture and makes them mist up easily – a clean screen will rarely mist up, so you won’t be using the heater and air-conditioning.

Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) chief examiner, Mr Rodger said: “We’ve all got better things to spend our money on than petrol.

“This will help drivers to save cash and reduce their carbon emissions.”

To help drivers stay safe this winter, the IAM has launched a new website, drivingadvice.org.uk, with traffic updates, weather forecasts and tips on how to drive safely in winter.

Tips cover rain, snow, ice, fog and wind – everything you can expect in a typically unpredictable British winter.

Check it out before you travel.