Fill up on fuel-saving advice from SLM Vauxhall this Easter
By LaurenBluck | Tuesday, March 27, 2012, 09:55
Local dealer, SLM Vauxhall in Tunbridge Wells, is encouraging parents to brush up on their eco driving tips ahead of the Easter holidays, following a survey commissioned by the leading car-maker* which revealed that fuel consumption was rated as the top frustration by parents when playing taxi to their kids.
Indeed, 100% of parents in the South East said that they will be ferrying the children around over the Easter break. What's more, a massive 75% revealed they don't currently take fuel-saving measures on short journeys, such as turning off their engine in congestion and avoiding harsh acceleration or breaking.
According to The AA, short journeys are most likely to increase a vehicle's fuel consumption**, and with Vauxhall's survey revealing that almost half of parents will be driving 10 miles or less each time they take to the road this Easter, SLM Vauxhall is on hand to help local drivers cut costs.
Jonathan Tatlock, Sales Manager at SLM Vauxhall, comments: "With a quarter of parents in the South East likely to make at least 5 trips with their kids over the bank holiday alone, we would really like to help them make this Easter a more economical one, by offering some simple tips on how to reduce fuel consumption ahead of this busy period.
"Making sure that your vehicle is serviced and maintained correctly is very important for best efficiency – but your own driving style can have a marked effect on emissions and fuel consumption too.
"Keeping your tyres at the correct pressures and driving at correct and constant speeds are effective ways of helping to avoid excessive fuel consumption.
"Harsh acceleration and revving your engine also wastes fuel and increases CO2 emissions, whilst a prolonged stationary period with the engine running is wasteful too. So, if you anticipate being stationary for more than three minutes, turn your engine off."
Other tips from SLM Vauxhall include:
- Plan your journeys well to avoid getting lost and wasting unnecessary fuel
- Turn the air conditioning off or down on short journeys or on journeys at low speed
- Turn your heated rear windscreen and headlights off when you don't need them
- Aim to have your car serviced regularly and according to the manufacturer's schedule, in order for it to maintain engine efficiency
- If you have any items in your boot that you're not using, take them out, as more weight means increased fuel consumption. And if you have a roof box fitted that you don't need, remove that too
For parents keen to cut fuel costs and lower their emissions, Vauxhall's innovative ecoFLEX range of vehicles features the most fuel-efficient, low-CO2 emitting cars ever produced by the manufacturer, which not only ease the conscience of environmentally aware drivers, but also help to save money with reduced fuel consumption.
Available at SLM Vauxhall, the innovative and spacious new Meriva ecoFLEX is an ideal choice for families keen to reduce their environmental impact and reap cost-saving rewards. With the option of Vauxhall's latest development of Start/Stop technology, it offers real benefits by increasing fuel economy and reducing CO2 emissions, achieved by automatically stopping the engine at traffic lights or in congestion and then restarting once the clutch is pressed. The system can be deactivated manually when needed and the technology provides a simple solution for eco-friendly driving.
To find out more about Vauxhall's ecoFLEX range, visit SLM Vauxhall at Dowding Way, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 3UY. Alternatively, call 01892 500 300 or go online to www.slmvauxhall.co.uk.
*Survey conducted by One Poll in March 2012. Responses based on 1,000 respondents.
** Information sourced from The AA website: http://www.theaa.com/motoring_advice/fuels-and-environment/drive-smart.html