Fuel-saving tip can save drivers £200 a year ‘just by keeping their car clean’

Cars can easily get dirty, especially with the rain and colder temperatures starting to set in, motorists might see more mud and grime on their vehicle. Not only will this force drivers to take the time to clean their car more regularly, but it could also impact their fuel economy.

Graham Conway, managing director of Select Car Leasing, urged drivers to think twice before driving off in a dirty vehicle.

He said: “A cleaner car is actually more fuel efficient. Experiments have shown the vehicle to be more fuel efficient when clean, averaging two miles per gallon (mpg) more than when dirty.

“The dirty car’s average fuel consumption dropped to around 24 mpg, while the clean car was 26 mpg.

“If you extrapolate that over a whole year and with a driver doing around 8,000 miles, there’s a potential saving of around £200 a year just by keeping your car clean.”

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“The surface of a vehicle can impact mileage and fuel efficiency because when there is no debris it can travel through the air much more easily and freely.

“Automakers will cleverly design the shape of a vehicle’s body to be as aerodynamic as possible.

“An aerodynamically efficient vehicle shape tends to be as smooth and streamlined as possible, minimizing drag.

“Dirt also adds weight, which also impacts a vehicle’s fuel efficiency.”

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Following the tests, drivers are urged to keep their cars clean to help save on fuel costs.

Any dirty car surface can restrict airflow and increase friction, resulting in a lower mpg rating.

Mr Conway also warned that dangers are present when driving a dirty car which could lead to accidents or fines.

As dark winter nights approach, drivers are advised to keep their windshields clean and smudge-free to avoid potentially blinding glare from other motorists’ headlights.

If the windshield is not clear and a motorist is involved in an accident, they can be charged with reckless driving – even if the accident they encounter is not their fault.

Drivers up and down the UK are still struggling to cope with fuel prices, especially with rising costs in recent weeks.

The latest RAC data revealed that diesel averaged 188.09p per litre, while petrol averaged 164.94p.

Although still a long way from the all-time highs recorded in July, motorists will remain cautious behind the wheel so as not to waste fuel.

Drivers and businesses that depend on diesel to get to work and deliver goods and services could be the hardest hit by price increases.

Based on average prices, it would cost a driver with an 80-litre tank a whopping £150.47.

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