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I'm currently spending £45- £47 a week on diesel I approx get around 450-480 miles of a full tank car is the cheapest mode of transport for me however is their anyway getting more mpg ? Read More
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8m, 6m agoPosted 8 months, 6 minutes ago
I'm currently spending £45- £47 a week on diesel I approx get around 450-480 miles of a full tank

car is the cheapest mode of transport for me however is their anyway getting more mpg ?
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8m, 6m agoPosted 8 months, 6 minutes ago
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#1
There are so many variables in this that it would be difficult to list them all, even having your tyres at correct psi can improve mpg, you could make sure no excess weight in the car (don't leave heavy items in the boot), get the car serviced regularly....
#2
I've never heard of any apart the the usual, no nervy acceleration, slow and steady rather than sitting on the needle at 70\80mph.

My brother in law was telling me the other week he saved about £10 a week by driving at 50mph rather than 70mph but personally I think that's bloody dangerous on a motorway\dual carriageway.
#3
I'm most driving on country roads so always down shifting and up shift on gear 4 and 5
#4
darlodge
I've never heard of any apart the the usual, no nervy acceleration, slow and steady rather than sitting on the needle at 70\80mph.

My brother in law was telling me the other week he saved about £10 a week by driving at 50mph rather than 70mph but personally I think that's bloody dangerous on a motorway\dual carriageway.


I agree, he most likely is following a lorry where the lorry takes the wind resistance, i want to get to places quicker rather than go slow to save a couple of pounds per tank, but thats just me :P
#5
What car is it? You're getting around 50 mpg which isn't bad for country roads.
I get mid 60's with mostly motorway commuting.

Shop around for cheapest fuel. Keep an eye out for supermarket offer, such as Morrisons 10p off per litre when spending so much in store. Although I still think its cheaper paying full price for fuel and shopping in ALDI.

I buy all my fuel with a cashback credit card and get 1% off. Every little helps.

And as suggested above, keep speed down and avoid heavy braking and accelerating.
#6
johnwillowlfc
darlodge
I've never heard of any apart the the usual, no nervy acceleration, slow and steady rather than sitting on the needle at 70\80mph.

My brother in law was telling me the other week he saved about £10 a week by driving at 50mph rather than 70mph but personally I think that's bloody dangerous on a motorway\dual carriageway.

I agree, he most likely is following a lorry where the lorry takes the wind resistance, i want to get to places quicker rather than go slow to save a couple of pounds per tank, but thats just me :P

I agree 50 on the motorway is dangerous.

I sit with cruise on at 68 for my commuting if I'm in no rush, but would never do a speed that requires HGV's to overtake you.

Edited By: Bobbajob on Nov 23, 2016 11:05
#7
Bobbajob
johnwillowlfc
darlodge
I've never heard of any apart the the usual, no nervy acceleration, slow and steady rather than sitting on the needle at 70\80mph.

My brother in law was telling me the other week he saved about £10 a week by driving at 50mph rather than 70mph but personally I think that's bloody dangerous on a motorway\dual carriageway.

I agree, he most likely is following a lorry where the lorry takes the wind resistance, i want to get to places quicker rather than go slow to save a couple of pounds per tank, but thats just me :P

I agree 50 on the motorway is dangerous.

I sit with cruise on at 68 for my commuting if I'm in no rush, but would never do a speed that requires HGV's to overtake you.


I see many HGV's overtaking cars, which I believe is dangerous as it slows the middle lane down and forces other cars into fast lane and changing lanes is a hazard in itself
#8
Google.. Hypermiling.... All you need to know. Be safe when driving this way though although I do adopt some of the techniques
#9
Apart from the standard ensuring the car is maintained correctly and the "eco" driving there isn't anything you can do to improve mpg.

If your driving solo you could car pool to share on fuel costs
#10
It's more easy to calculate if u mention in mpg
On my skoda 1.9tdi It does around 45 real mog in other words 100 for 10 lit
In my same engine vw transporter I get 25/30 mpg around 65 miles per 10lit.
The prius real mpg will be around 70 and people also getting good mpg of VW new 1.6diesel engine
#11
Have it remapped, I had my old car remapped and got an increase of 10%, From 45mpg to 50mpg. Also was much more responsive.
#12
Akaptel94

I'm currently spending £45- £47 a week on diesel I approx get around 450-480 miles of a full tank
car is the cheapest mode of transport for me however is their anyway getting more mpg ?

hi that is really good mpg imho, i average around 20k a year in various vehicles and never seem to get more than 350 miles on £50
#13
Pump up your tyres, don't carry too much stuff in the car, extra weight equals extra fuel usage. Don't always fill up as this is extra weight. But if you're like me and have a heavy right foot. None of the above will matter lol
#14
iibdii
The prius real mpg will be around 70 and people also getting good mpg of VW new 1.6diesel engine

70mpg would be unusually high for a Prius, most reports put it around high fifties, or 60 for the new one.

I haven't seen any exceptional reports for VW's 1.6 either, it's usually similar to the likes of the Renault-Nissan 1.5dCi or the Ford-PSA 1.6 which also do high fifties or sixty mpg. Honda's 1.6 diesel appears to be the best engine for efficiency right now.
#15
EndlessWaves
iibdii
The prius real mpg will be around 70 and people also getting good mpg of VW new 1.6diesel engine
70mpg would be unusually high for a Prius, most reports put it around high fifties, or 60 for the new one.
I haven't seen any exceptional reports for VW's 1.6 either, it's usually similar to the likes of the Renault-Nissan 1.5dCi or the Ford-PSA 1.6 which also do high fifties or sixty mpg. Honda's 1.6 diesel appears to be the best engine for efficiency right now.

I've got the Honda and am averaging 64 mpg over 54,000 miles.
Can get over 100 mpg on some gentle runs.

We really need to know what car the OP is driving to give any further advice, if it's a 4 litre Audi they're already doing well to get 50 mpg.

I put all my data into https://www.spritmonitor.de/en/

You can search for your car and see how you compare to others.
#16
Bobbajob
EndlessWaves
iibdii
The prius real mpg will be around 70 and people also getting good mpg of VW new 1.6diesel engine
70mpg would be unusually high for a Prius, most reports put it around high fifties, or 60 for the new one.
I haven't seen any exceptional reports for VW's 1.6 either, it's usually similar to the likes of the Renault-Nissan 1.5dCi or the Ford-PSA 1.6 which also do high fifties or sixty mpg. Honda's 1.6 diesel appears to be the best engine for efficiency right now.
I've got the Honda and am averaging 64 mpg over 54,000 miles.
Can get over 100 mpg on some gentle runs.
We really need to know what car the OP is driving to give any further advice, if it's a 4 litre Audi they're already doing well to get 50 mpg.
I put all my data into https://www.spritmonitor.de/en/
You can search for your car and see how you compare to others.

Im driving a 1.2 diesel VW Polo 2011
#17
POLO

Based on 45 2011 Polo 1.2 Diesels.
MPG Ranges from 48.93 to 78.16 with an average of 60.63.

So you are towards the bottom end.
#18
Bobbajob
POLO
Based on 45 2011 Polo 1.2 Diesels.
MPG Ranges from 48.93 to 78.16 with an average of 60.63.
So you are towards the bottom end.

thanks for the info, i think it maybe the road I'm driving on
#19
Bobbajob
with an average of 60.63.
So you are towards the bottom end.

Be careful with Spritmonitor's averages as they're the average of all fill-ups, not the average of all cars so they're sometimes a little skewed towards high mileage drivers.

You've also conflated the bluemotion and non-bluemotion models, both were available in 2011 and return slightly different fuel economy.

I usually use RealMPG as a second source to cross-check:
http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/realmpg/volkswagen/polo-v-2009

At today's average diesel price of £1.16 450 miles on £45 worth is 52.7mpg while 480 miles on £47 is 53.8mpg

So it's a little lower than average even for a non-bluemotion which isn't surprising if you spend more time changing speed than most.
#20
EndlessWaves
Bobbajob
with an average of 60.63.
So you are towards the bottom end.
Be careful with Spritmonitor's averages as they're the average of all fill-ups, not the average of all cars so they're sometimes a little skewed towards high mileage drivers.
You've also conflated the bluemotion and non-bluemotion models, both were available in 2011 and return slightly different fuel economy.
I usually use RealMPG as a second source to cross-check:http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/realmpg/volkswagen/polo-v-2009
At today's average diesel price of £1.16 450 miles on £45 worth is 52.7mpg while 480 miles on £47 is 53.8mpg
So it's a little lower than average even for a non-bluemotion which isn't surprising if you spend more time changing speed than most.

Agreed. The people that go to the bother of recording their mileage tend to be the ones that drive to achieve a better figure.
banned#21
I have a 1.9 diesel and that does same mileage.
it's fine, stop moaning lol.
just make sure you collect points and buy from different places, cheaper and add shell in too .
#22
Anything you turn on in your car will cause it to use more fuel. Therefore, drive in cold, dark silence.
Seriously though, leaving your a/c or rear de-mister on will use fuel.
I used to try eeking every last mile from each tank, never used to go over 2000rpm and would coast a lot (inb4 the 'but your not in control' morons) and I just got bored of it.
For what it's worth, I now average 55mpg from my blue motion 1.6tdi golf with a boot load of tools.
#23
Moving up gears to the highest gear possible as quickly as possible is supposed to save on fuel.
Apart from the obvious shopping around for the best price, the best thing I've done to offset the rising cost of fuel is to invest in oil companies (via an open ended global energy fund). Now when the cost of fuel goes up, rather than my costs going up, I make a healthy profit instead. Whilst I wouldn't recommend doing that now (when I invested at the start of the year, the price of energy stocks was near the bottom - now it's gone up by over 50%!), if oil prices fall significantly, it might be worth doing. It would be a gamble as no one knows where the oil price will go in the future, and since they have already gone up quite a bit there is the danger that they could fall and keep falling. I personally think there is more upside, but that is just a guess, and I'm insulated from all but the largest falls (since my fund has increased in value by 50%) so I'm happy to leave money where it is for the moment.

Edited By: traylee on Nov 23, 2016 17:42
#24
I leave my trip computer on consumption setting so I can see my mpg as I'm driving . Driving at a constant speed rather than speeding up or braking makes a big difference

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