Weight not only slows you down, it also costs you fuel. Take the unnecessary items out of the car, every kilogram counts. And watch for the aerodynamics, too. Try not to leave your windows open and take off the bike racks or roof boxes when not in use. Hiding in the slipstream behind cars or, preferably, trucks, can vastly reduce the aerodynamic drag and significantly reduce fuel consumption. Just watch out and don’t get too close!
Smoothness is mother of efficiency. Aggressive driving with lot of braking and acceleration leads to high fuel consumption. Clean, smooth inputs will not only save you money, they also make your journey more pleasant and comfortable. Only if it’s in perfect shape, can your car give its best. Make sure that your tyres are properly inflated, your oil and filters changed regularly and that your car is properly maintained by professionals at the authorized ŠKODA Service Partner.
Is the traffic coming to a stop in front of you? Is that green light down the road going to turn red? Lift your foot! Coasting car uses no fuel and by slowing down early enough, you may even find in position to accelerate again before you come to a full stop, saving yet more fuel. Traffic jams do not only cost you time (and time is money). They increase fuel consumption, so they cost you money. Again. Using your ŠKODA Navigation systems with traffic information, you can avoid them and use your time and money on finer things in life.
Brakes turn energy into heat. If your car is equipped with energy recovery system, you can recoup at least part of this energy. And in any case, you’ll save the fuel that would otherwise be used to keep engine running at tickover. Running your engine on idle is unnecessary waste of fuel, so switch it off every time you stay stationary for a prolonged period of time. Or you can just order one of our Start-stop equipped cars and leave it to computer!
High engine speeds mean more resistance and more friction losses. Especially with modern turbocharged engines, which can achieve maximum torque in low rpms, it’s unnecessary to rev the engine too much. Or you can just listen to the gear recommendation system. Fast driving usually won’t save you more than a few minutes, but it may severely increase your fuel consumption. Even 10 or 20km/h may make a huge difference. Keeping under the speed limits will not only save you money, but also make your journey safer and less stressful.