Top tips for best fuel economy?

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  1. joggerman

    joggerman Read Only Funster

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    With fuel prices going through the roof, I thought it might be useful to get everyone's top tips to squeeze the most MPG out of each gallon.

    1. Make sure tyres are always at the correct pressure.
    2. Anticipate traffic light changing by slowing down on approach thereby avoiding stopping.
    3. Empty waste tank before leaving site.
    4. Keep to 56 - 60mph (after which serious wnd resistance kicks in).

    Any more ?
     
  2. buttons

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    Get a fuel trip computer fitted. Driving with the real time display selected will soon teach you the most economical way to drive. Driving from Norfolk yesterday I was aware within 20 miles that I had a problem. I checked my tyres and one was down to 18psi. No physical change just the economy had dropped off a bit. Pumped it up and was backed to normal again. :coolthumb:
     
  3. madbluemad

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    Hi Buttons. Is This the gadget your talking about as I'm seriousley thinking of getting one.

    Kiwi MPG Meter, Trip Computer, Engine Check Scan Tool $89.00 + Postage. This is on Fleabay

    What type do you have, where did you get it, how much was it etc.

    Jim
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    I've just had a 'Google around' and also found Scangauge 2 for around £125.So long as your vehicle is OBD compliant (whatever that is-no doubt someone will tell me soon Lol) that would seem to be a solution.
    C'mon you Techy guys-I could do with summat like this myself.

    Mike.
     
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    OBD = On board diagnostic

    Fitted as standard on all vehicles from 2000 on, usually a scart shape socket in the drivers footwell, or behind a dash trim panel by right knee on Citroens, pugs and fiats:Smile:
     
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    Now that I know what it is, I'm fairly sure I've got it.

    Jim
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    ok if you have a problem but not practical if you're just looking to find the most economical driving conditions/style.

    as stated, speed, tyres, hard acceleration, heavy/late braking, choice of route (many hills) etc....all contribute to poor fuel economy.
     
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    Hi We fitted a scangauge2 a year ago, brilliant bit of kit, plugs into the vehicle computer socket ( as said in footwell) reads all the information off the computer and you can set loads of different trips, also reads any problem codes. Once set up you know exactly how much fuel you have used thus telling you why Inter Mache in France can sell fuel so cheaply - we were short fuelled twice last year - it needs to be 5p/litre cheaper.
     
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    Did you fit it yourself because I'm useless.

    Jim
     
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    I let the wife drive as she is a better driver then me---Well so she says!! and who am I to argue.. Anything for quiet life:Rofl1:
     
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    Hi, yes the Scangauge2 gives real time fuel consumption, engine temp, throttle position, engine load, voltage, speed and a load of other things off the computer that I cant remember at the moment. As regards fitting, there is none as it is plug and play. You need to calibrate the first couple of tanks of fuel, and also the speed against sat nav to get all the readings accurate. It will work in mph,kph,gallons, litres, centigrade or fahrenheit and any combination of the above. It seems to tick the boxes, all the American motor-homers use them.
     
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    Not sure about retrofit units as mine was factory fitted. It has a number of options but left on real time display, you soon learn what type of driving uses most fuel.

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    Drive down hill more.

    fill up at your local farm with red diesel

    Cheers!
    Barry

    PS Sorry its Friday and Ive nearly finished work in what was a really crappy week!
     
  16. Jaws

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    Ok.. I am a right gadget freak to say the least.. Love anything with widgets bells whistles and buttons on !!
    On that score yep, can see the appeal
    But on the economy front I aint so sure..
    Reason for that rather odd statement ?
    Well the average price seems to be about £100 or so.
    Hell of a lot of careful driving has got to be done to get that back :Smile:


    ( and before someone from a certain northern town jumps on this, it IS meant to be a light hearted observation !! )
     
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    More tips.
    Have the family tag along but at the back 'pushing'

    Use someone elses fuel,or someone else to pay

    buy a pushbike and tent

    Use a breakdown service often

    Have a friend that likes towing

    Use different transport (covered wagon as in pic )

    Change to LPG :thumb:
     

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    So, .... to get back to serious tips (other thank mpg meters) .......
     
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    [FONT=&quot]If I had to list my factory fitted options in order of preference it would be like this. [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]A/C [/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Electric windows[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Cruise control[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Central looking[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Fuel trip computer[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Awning[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Privacy windows[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Metallic paint[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Etc[/FONT]
    [FONT=&quot]Mine keeps me occupied for hours while driving. If you are a widget person then you will get a lot more from a fuel computer than just better economy. Fact is you could become a bit of a mpg anorak like me. I think £100 would be well spent. Would you like to know how many MPG I got between London and Norfolk this week.:driving2::Rofl1:[/FONT]
     
  20. Jaws

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    I am with you 100% but I will also admit to driving with a constant eye on the ruddy computer readout :BigGrin:
    I rather like a vacuum gauge as it really is an instant readout ( and being a tightwad, about a 1/4 the cost ! )

    Ok, fuel tips..
    Get rid of the top box
    Oh, an odd one folk tend to forget. Make sure the front of the van/cabover is nice and clean ( preferably polished )
     
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