We can provide finance for people who have had difficulties obtaining credit in the past,
if we can’t approve you, we don’t think anyone can!

How to Drive Economically and Save Fuel

Posted on 18/08/2016

Learning to drive economically is both beneficial for your pocket and the environment. If you can teach yourself to make small changes to the way you drive, once you have repeated these hundreds of times you can make a huge saving on your fuel bills.

You might not realise it but your fuel economy can depend on how you drive your car and if you learn to drive more economically, you can usually get better fuel economy than the manufacturer claims. There are now many dedicated eco-driving courses to help you master the driving techniques and it is something that many large companies with fleet operations train their drivers on due to the benefits they get.

We’ve put together some tips and tricks on how to drive better and get the most out of your motor!

  • Maintaining your car: This is important for all cars and especially vital to better fuel economy. In relation to fuel economy, the most important things to do are to check your tyre pressure regularly. If your tyres aren’t correctly inflated, this can use up more of your fuel. The second thing to do is to make sure you are using the correct type of engine oil for your car. The manufacturer’s handbook will state the best oil type for your car. Thankfully, routine maintenance on modern vehicles is relatively easy with improved dashboards so it is easier to stay on top of what’s going on under the bonnet. We have another post dedicated to looking after your car which you can read here.
Close up of dashboard and steering wheel or BMW
  • Planning your journeys: Prepare your car before every journey! This means getting rid of any excess baggage that will weigh the car down (it will require more engine power for a heavier load) and remove anything on top of the car such as bike racks for a more streamlined vehicle. After you have prepared, plan your trip! By visiting several places in one long journey rather than short individual trips you can help fuel economy. A cold engine will require a lot more fuel to get going than a relatively warm one.
  • Open your windows: Avoid using electronics where possible such as heated windscreens, demisters and headlights that you don’t need to use. Opening your window instead of switching on the air conditioning can save a lot of energy.
  • Change your driving habits: This is key to fuel economy and if you want to save money, this is what you should pay attention to.
    Accelerating: Slow, steady accelerating and making sure you change gears before the revs get too high. More revs equals a harder working engine! Try to change when you are up to around 2,000-2,500 revs per minute (RPM) on a consistent basis.
    Decelerating: Try to brake gently over a long distance instead of braking hard. Releasing the accelerator before you need to brake will be easier on the engine therefore using your fuel more economically.
    Cornering: The majority of drivers will approach a roundabout, brake heavily, change down the gears and then accelerate again to take the corner. The most economical drivers will use the highest possible gear to take the corner (safely, of course!)

If you can change your driving habits and follow these tips you could save money by not having to fill up your tank as often. Do you think you could master driving economically?

Registered with Information Commissioners Office ICO Registration Number: ZA132327

UK Car Finance Limited. Registered in England
Registered number 9397657.
Registered Office Lakeside House, 30 Northumbrian Way, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE12 6EH

Refused Car Finance is a trading style of UK Car Finance Limited and is acting as a licensed credit broker and a lender, we are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, registration number 714966. All finance is subject to status and income. Applicants must be 18 or over, terms and conditions apply, guarantees and indemnities may be required.

Written quotations on request. Certain exclusions for NI residents.

Note: We cannot be held responsible for specification errors, and price errors, we use Motortrade software which is not always 100% accurate. Copyright 2017 Refused Car Finance.

Refused Car Finance can introduce you to a limited number of finance providers based on your credit rating and we may receive a commission for such introductions.

*Representative Example
Cash price – £8,500.00, Deposit – £0.00, Amount of credit – £8,500.00, Rate of interest – 16.24% per annum, Amount of interest – £6,912.00, Lender Documentation fee – £0.00, Lenders option to purchase fee – £10.00, Total charge for credit – £6922.00, First repayment – £256.70, Followed by 58 Monthly repayments of – £256.70, Final repayment – £266.70, Total amount payable – £15,412.00, Representative APR – 29.9%

*Last month, over 51% of Refused Car Finance customers that had their loan arranged were offered an APR of 29.9% or lower

In the first 3 months of this year, UK Car Finance Ltd received 2140 unique applications, of which we were able to offer 2136 applicants a line of credit, subject to the applicant being able to provide acceptable proof of affordability, being free from insolvency and or/a supporting guarantor fitting the lenders eligibility criteria, this represented 99.8% of applicants in this period.

Rated No.1 for car finance in the North East of England collated from Google Business Reviews

Refused Car Finance Reviews

4.90 Average

151 Reviews

I could not have been more happy with the service I received from Paige Walker. Not only was she extremely efficient, helpful and successful in sorting out my car finance; she was also absolutely charming, she has a very kind manner and was positive and helpful throughout the process. I really could not have hoped to have dealt with somebody as good as Paige. She is in my view a huge asset to your company, she made everything so easy and got me a great result. A very big thank you to Paige - and to your company.

refused car finance put me at ease from the very first phone call. After being turned down by numerous other companies, I didn’t have much hope but after speaking to Jacob about my credit file or lack of, he assured me it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was. Got finance sorted in less than two days with literally half the interest I was quoted after being messed around for weeks by other companies. Jacob is a real asset to RCF, he kept me up to date every step of the way and was so easy to speak to! I Could not recommend RCF enough!!

The guy (dan) was amazing really helpful got everything sorted for me super fast explaining everything what a guy he really knows his stuff can’t thank you enough thanks