Get a quote » Retrieve a quote »
Policy Documents | Providing NCB Proof | Contact Us

Get a quote » Retrieve a quote »

FAQs »

Find out all you need to know about our policies in our handy FAQ list…

Car travelling down road.

How to be a greener driver

It's possible to save a good deal of money on fuel and to help the environment, simply by employing greener driving techniques.

Follow these driving tips provided by Onequote Direct and you can cut your motoring costs and reduce your CO2 emissions at a stroke.

Before you set off

Check your tyre pressure

If your tyres are under-inflated your engine has to work harder which, according to Directgov, can increase your fuel consumption by up to 3%.

Consult your owner's manual for correct tyre pressures, and note there may be different pressures for when your car is empty and when it is fully laden.

Empty your boot

The lighter your car, the less fuel you will use. So don't be tempted to leave golf clubs, tool boxes etc in the boot permanently because they're effectively costing you money every time you make a trip!

Remove roof racks

If you're not using your roof rack, roof box or cycle rack, remove it. It creates extra air resistance and that means your engine works harder and uses more fuel. At 75mph, typically a roof rack will add 20% to a car's fuel consumption.

While you're driving

According to Directgov, being a greener driver could reduce your CO2 emissions by up to 8%. For the average driver that could be the equivalent of a month's fuel!

Drive at a steady speed

Driving at 50mph compared to 70mph can improve fuel economy by up to 25%. So observing speed limits and driving steadily can help you make a big saving on fuel. Make a special effort to speed up and slow down smoothly, avoiding unnecessary acceleration and braking.

Change gear at the right time

Many drivers rev up too much before changing gear. If you drive a manual vehicle, aim to change when you reach 2000 - 2500rpm. If you drive an automatic, accelerate slowly and smoothly and this will encourage the gearbox to shift up at lower engine speeds.

Of course, changing down at the right time will also help save fuel consumption.

Turn off the air conditioning

When your air conditioning is working at full power your car will be guzzling fuel - so use it sparingly and not on full power. Opening the windows isn't necessarily a better option because this will add to the air resistance and make the engine work harder. In fact, at speeds above 50-60 mph it is probably more economical to use the air conditioning than open all the windows.

Switch off when you stop

If you're stuck in traffic, switch off the engine rather than letting the engine idle. It could also pay to switch off if you're likely to be waiting at traffic lights for more than a minute or two.

Planning your journey

Drive less

One of the best ways to save on fuel is to drive less! Why not try walking, cycling or use public transport? Even if you depend on a car to get to work, why not investigate whether there is anyone who'd like to car share?

Take the shortest route

If you're planning a long journey or you're driving somewhere you've never been before, make sure you take the most direct route, by consulting a map, using satnav (satellite navigation) or an online route planner such as:

www.theaa.com/route-planner
http://directgov.transportdirect.info
http://maps.google.co.uk