Woman driving in car.

Help to drive more economically

For some people using their car less isn’t an option. But there are still things you can do to make the fuel you buy go further; saving you fuel, which in turn saves you money and helps reduce emissions.

As well as the fuel you use, the condition of your car, the routes you take, and the way you drive all make a difference to your fuel economy. And little adjustments can really add up.

Here are some things we’re doing to help:

Here’s a thought

  • Woman topping up engine with Mobil 1 Oil.

    Keeping your car topped up with the right engine oil doesn’t just protect your engine from damage, but also reduces your fuel consumption.

    Did you know that Mobil 1 ESP X2 0W-20 helps provide up to a 4% fuel efficiency improvement6, equivalent to reducing CO2 emissions associated with charging over 23,000 smartphones7.

    Find out more about our Mobil 1 energy efficient engine oils, and don’t forget to check out our free Fuel Saver Check available to Esso customers at Kwik Fit.

  • Woman adjusting air condition in a car.

    The temptation to turn on the air conditioning on a warm day is almost irresistible. But reducing the use of air conditioning (and heating) means reducing fuel consumption. Try to use it only when you can't do without it.

  • Woman planning fuel stops on her mobile phone.

    Drivers waste an average of 44 hours a year searching for a parking space. Using parking apps can help save you time and fuel.8

  • Man putting bags into a car boot.

    The heavier your car is the more fuel you’ll use. Make sure you’re not carrying around any weight you don’t need to be.

  • Man and woman planning journey on Waze app displayed on a tablet.

    The worst conditions for driving economically are when you’re in a rush, when you’re not exactly sure where you’re going, or when you’re having to change your plans on the go. Use a journey planner to help schedule your journey and help beat the rush.

  • Woman driving with two hands on steering wheel.

    The harder you push your engine, the more fuel is consumed. Accelerating gradually means less engine strain and less fuel used.
    Driving at constant, steady speeds and avoiding heavy traffic can save you fuel and reduce the impact of your journey – we all hate stop-start journeys!

  • Car driving into Esso service station.

    Remember, gears are for going and brakes are for slowing. Better use of gears means less revving and fussing with unnecessary gear changes. Drivers will not only reduce fuel consumption, but also cut down wear and tear.

  • Man turned around inside of car for reverse manoeuvre.

    Always try to reverse into a parking space so you can drive straight out. This is because manoeuvring while the engine is cold uses more fuel.

  • Woman on the steering wheel in traffic.

    Take the opportunity to look further ahead, ideally at the horizon. And scan for possible hazards that’ll cause you to slow down. Reading the road ahead will help you maintain a steady speed and avoid harsh braking.

More about Thoughtful Driving

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1 Source TyreSafe.
2 Censuswide Consumer Research commissioned by Esso in October 2022. Survey of 2,000, aged 18+, holding valid UK drivers licence and own a car.
3 The Esso research was conducted in partnership with Censuswide. The sample size was 3,000 UK drivers. UK drivers are defined by the following: 18+ year old driver licence holders who have driven a motorised vehicle (car) within the last 12 months. The survey ran between May 9th and 12th, 2022.
4 35.9 million people hold a car driving licence in England. Source: National Travel Survey: England 2020 and Table NTS0201
5 As of 2 April 2022, the number of GB driver records which show a driving test pass date before 1 January 2008 was 22,907,984. This figure includes both group 1 (cars/motorcycles) and group 2 (lorries/buses) driving entitlement. Source: Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.
6 Compared with Mobil 1 ESP Formula 5W-30; Actual savings are dependent upon vehicle and engine type, outside temperature and barometric pressure, driving conditions and your current engine oil viscosity
7 Assumes 11,507 miles/yr, 21.7 mpg fuel average, and 4% fuel economy improvement; using US EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator: https://www.epa.gov/energy/greenhouse-gas-equivalencies-calculator
8 https://inrix.com/press-releases/parking-pain-uk/