We go experimental and take two identical cars and two very different drivers to discover if the way you drive your car really does have a financial implication.
Saving money behind the wheel
This is the Kia Cee’d GT. It is powered by a 1.6 litre turbo charge petrol engine that delivers 38 miles per gallon and costs just over twenty thousand pounds.
This is also a Kia Cee’d Gt. It’s identical in every way, except its red. We’re going to use both cars for a bit of an experiment.
We filled up the Ceed’s at our local petrol station and they will be driving from here Grayshott in rural Hampshire to here in Gosport on the south coast, around a 50 mile journey to see how the way you drive can affect how much you spend on fuel.
Our white Kia driver will be doing everything possible to keep his fuel consumption down. Starting by checking that tyre pressures are correct and also removing any excess weight from the boot.
Our red Kia driver on the other hand, will be ding the exact opposite. Not bothering to check the tyres and has left some decidedly weighty logs in the boot.
Starting with some country lanes, the white Kia driver is doing everything he can not to waste fuel. Looking far ahead and anticipating corners, he’s not wasting any energy by braking unnecessarily. The red Kia on the other hand is driving more aggressively using lower gears, more revs and braking with much more force.
Moving on to an A-road the red driver is still driving inefficiently, by switching the air conditioning on unnecessarily he could be wasting as much as 8% of his fuel while opening a window could mean handing over even more money at the pumps.
So, time to fill up and see which of our two cars has used the most fuel. Over a 50 mile route, the red Kia has used 8.58 litres of petrol, costing the MoneySuperMarket budget £11.32.
Our white Kia on the other hand used 7.46 litres at a cost of £9.89. So it just goes to show, even on a short journey, by making some small changes to the way you drive can make a real difference to how much you spend at the pumps.
We did some calculations and worked out that by making some simple changes to the way you drive, could save the average 12,000 mile a year motorist around £330.