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The way you drive your car can impact the amount of fuel you use.

New drivers, sometimes worry about fuel consumption. They can learn to drive better with driving lessons and more time behind the wheel of a car.

Yes, I have tips that will help you drive more and save fuel.

Drive in the right gear

Driving in a gear lower than you need wastes fuel, and letting the engine labor in top gear on hills and corners is also wasteful. In a manual vehicle, change up gears as soon as the car is comfortable with the higher gear but without accelerating harder than necessary.

Automatic transmissions will shift up more quickly and smoothly if you ease back slightly on the accelerator once the car gathers momentum. Avoid the use of power options which drop the car into a lower gear and therefore use more fuel

Drive smoothly

 Stop/start driving is much less efficient and more polluting than driving at a constant speed. Avoid traveling during peak-hours and on congested roads whenever possible.

Take it easy on the accelerator - more revs equals more petrol use. Drive at a good distance from the car in front so you can anticipate and travel with the flow of traffic. This avoids unnecessary acceleration and frequent repetitive braking that ends up wasting fuel. It's also far safer.

If you see traffic stoppages ahead, first take your foot off the accelerator and let the engine's drop in power slow the vehicle, particularly by also changing to a lower gear.

Don't continue to drive at the same speed and applying the brakes at the last minute. Getting back to cruising speed while the car is still moving uses far less petrol than stopping and then starting again.

Reduce fuel wasted in idling

Most cars don't need to be "warmed up" by idling before setting off. This simply wastes fuel. Start your car when you are ready to go. Once on the road,

Once on the road, minimize fuel wasted in idling by stopping the engine whenever your car is stopped or held up for an extended period of time.

By having the engine switched off, even for a short period, you will save more fuel than is lost from the burst of fuel involved in restarting the engine. The net increased wear and tear from this practice is negligible.

You can learn more driving tips like this that minimize usage when you learn driving from a driving school like Access2Drive based in Brooklyn.