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Eco-driving

Change the way you drive and save on fuel, or switch to an electric car and reduce the cost of motoring.

By driving smarter the average UK driver could save between £250 and £300 each year. With prices continuing to rise, now is an excellent time to start to learn to drive more efficiently.

Eco-driving is a way to save on fuel without delaying journey times. You can eco-drive in cars that are either old, new, diesel or petrol.

Driving behaviour

Driving smoothly and anticipating traffic behaviour are simple ways to save fuel. Avoid unnecessary braking by using gears to slow down the car. Also avoid excessive speed, as this increases fuel consumption.

Maintenance

Regular servicing helps maintain the engines efficiency which means more efficient fuel consumption. Using the correct engine oil and maintaining correct tyre pressure also helps to reduce fuel consumption.

Additional saving methods

Switching off the engine when idle in a queue will mean that fuel will not be wasted while the car is stationary. Reducing the use of electrical equipment such as air-conditioning will help save fuel. The saving from turning off the air-conditioning is more noticeable at low speeds, this is a useful saving method for those driving on low speed urban roads.

Electric cars

The biggest benefit of electric cars is that you don't have fuel costs.

Electric cars also save money on maintenance. Since they are fully electric, they don't need oil to lubricate the engine. That means oil changes are a thing of the past. The same is true for a lot of other expensive engine work that could afflict a gas-powered car. Brakes won't wear as quickly, either, so you won't need to replace pads as often as you do on a normal car.

Because electric cars do not run on fossil fuels, it greatly lowers the car owner's carbon footprint.

Charging points

A dual 32Amp Electric Vehicle Charging Point (EVCP) has been installed with two parking bays at County Hall in Dorchester. Funded from the £2.4M Government's Local Sustainable Transport Fund, the charging points are open to members of the public. The EVCPs can be accessed via a national network of public charging points (opens in a new window).

Go Ultra Low

The government are investing more than £9 million to boost the number of charging points for electric cars. They have launched the 'Go Ultra Low' (opens in a new window) campaign which will help the public understand how electric cars work and how they could be a perfect fit for their personal, business or fleet needs.

Major car manufacturers BMW, Nissan, Renault, Toyota and Vauxhall are all backing the Go ultra low (opens in a new window) campaign in a ground breaking partnership with government. They hope to debunk common myths and misconceptions that put drivers off switching to electric or hybrid cars, such as cost and how far the vehicles can travel before being recharged.

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