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    Go to www.arcangeldrivertraining.co.uk or call 07803 580 885 to purchase the perfect gift for the learner driver. They can be bought to cover any value, from a single lesson to a full course including test fee. Buy now for any occasion, it'll solve that gift for the differcult to buy for person.

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  • Driving your car: green tips part 5

    Using greener fuels

    Greener fuels include electricity and biofuels. From January 2011, a Plug-In Car Grant will be available to help with the cost of buying eligible cars that run on certain greener fuels. For more information, see the links below.

    Disposing of your car safely

    When your car comes to the end of its life, you must take it to an authorised treatment facility (ATF). Find out more by reading ‘What to do if your vehicle is scrapped or written off’.

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  • Driving your car: green tips part 4

    While driving your car

    Travelling at a constant 37 mph in fifth gear uses 25 per cent less fuel than in third gear

    Following the smarter driving tips below could cut your CO2 emissions by around 8 per cent. This could add up to an annual fuel saving of up to one month per year.

    Drive at an appropriate speed

    Driving at 50 miles per hour (mph) instead of 70 mph can improve fuel economy by 25 per cent. Driving at slower speeds also gives you time to anticipate traffic ahead, helping you drive more smoothly.

    Speed up and slow down smoothly

    Every time you stop and start, your engine uses more fuel and produces more emissions. Check the road ahead and slow down early, giving the traffic time to start moving again before you reach it. You can then speed up again without needing to stop.

    Change gears at the right time

    Changing up gears a little earlier can reduce revs per minute (rpm) and reduce your fuel usage. If you drive a diesel car, try shifting up when the rev counter reaches 2,000 rpm. For a petrol car, change up at 2,500 rpm.

    Remember to change down a gear at the right time too – if your car is struggling, it will also use more fuel.

    Avoid leaving your engine running

    If you're likely to be at a standstill for more than three minutes, switch off the engine. When the engine is idling, you're wasting fuel.

    Don’t use air conditioning unless you really need it

    Using air conditioning and electrical devices like mobile phone chargers increases your fuel consumption, so keep their usage to a minimum.

    Try using the fresh air vent to keep cool and park in the shade on a sunny day. This will keep your car cooler inside and stop fuel evaporating from the engine and fuel tank.

    Get in and go

    Modern engines are designed to be most efficient when you get in and drive off straightaway. Revving them wastes fuel and increases engine wear and emissions.

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  • Driving your car: green tips part 3

    Clear out any extra weight

    Remove unnecessary clutter and roof racks. This will reduce your car’s weight and air resistance.

    Have your vehicle serviced regularly

    Well-maintained cars in good condition tend to run more efficiently. Check how often your car should be serviced by looking in the owner’s manual or contacting the vehicle manufacturer.

    If you carry out any work yourself, remember that waste from car maintenance (like old engine oil) is often hazardous. Dispose of it safely using council waste facilities.

    Plan your route

    Planning your route in advance, and using a map or satnav (satellite navigation system), can help you take the shortest route and avoid getting lost.

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  • Driving your car: green tips part 2

    Before driving off

    Watch a video on how to be an eco-safe driver

    Eco-driving tips Opens new window Making life easier for your engine can mean you use less fuel and produce fewer emissions.

    Pump up your tyres

    Under-inflated tyres create more resistance, making your engine work harder. This can increase your fuel consumption by up to 3 per cent.

    Adjusting your tyres regularly, especially before long journeys, can help your car use less fuel and could increase the life of the tyres. Cars with heavier loads may need different air pressure and over-inflating tyres can be unsafe, so check your car manual for the correct pressure.

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