More MPG Marathon winnersIn addition to the main event, the MPG marathon also featured a series of sub-categories, one of which was the ‘percentage improvement’ category, which challenged drivers to beat their car’s official fuel consumption figures by the greatest margin possible. This section was won by a Peugeot 208 GTi, which managed to get 59.39mpg thanks to the driving of MPG Marathon veterans John Kendall and Paul Nieuwenhuis. This represented an improvement of 23.99% over the official consumption figure of 47.9mpg. And to highlight how much of an achievement this was, the second and third placed cars in this category could only manage improvements of 10.41% and 8.12%, respectively. The commercial vehicle category was won by a Ford Fiesta Sport Van, driven by BBC transport correspondent Paul Clifton and his son, Doug, who drove 363.9 miles on just 3.33 gallons of Shell FuelSave diesel – averaging a staggering 108.82mpg.
Eco-driving tipsThe whole point of the MPG Marathon is to show how better fuel consumption and, in turn, savings can be achieved by any driver. So how can you make sure you’re getting the best mpg from your motor? Read on…
- Keep your driving smooth. Don’t accelerate or brake harshly or drive too fast – driving at 70mph uses 9% more fuel than driving at 60mph, and up to 15% more than travelling at 50mph.
- Get your car regularly serviced to keep the engine working as efficiently as possible.
- Keep your tyres topped up with air. A drop of 6psi can bump up fuel consumption by 20% and tyre wear by 30%.
- Reduce the drag on your car by taking off roofracks or boxes when not in use, and clear your luggage space of items adding unnecessary weight.