Quiz: Are you a fuel economy winner or loser? Take this quiz to find out

Quiz: Are you a fuel economy winner or loser? Take this quiz to find out

If there’s one thing that has drivers grumbling more than anything, it’s their car’s fuel economy. How many miles a car travels on a gallon of petrol or diesel – or in some cases, with a little bit of electric power in the mix – directly drains money from the bank. The more thirsty a car is, the more expensive it is to run.

A common complaint is that it is difficult to achieve a car’s advertised fuel economy. But wth a bit of practice and a change in driving habits, it’s surprising how much of an improvement can be made to a car’s mpg (miles per gallon) in a short space of time.

To see if you have a sound grasp of those driving techniques, or to simply learn more about making a car travel further on a tank of fuel, take this quiz and discover whether you’re a fuel economy winner or loser.

Question #1: Which description best sums up the contents of your car’s boot?

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Friend, you need to treat your boot to a detox and empty it of clutter; carrying less weight means the engine doesn't have to work so hard and won't use as much fuel

Question #2: What should you do to your tyres to help ensure good fuel economy?

What should you do to your tyres to help ensure good fuel economy?
What a load of hot air! Tyres should always be inflated to the air pressure recommended by the vehicle manufacturer. Check the car's user manual for more information.

Question #3: A simple way to improve a car’s miles per gallon is to…

What's one of the most simple ways to improve a car's miles per gallon?
Not sure that's such a good idea! You won't be safe doing that; try planning each journey and leaving plenty of time so you don't have to hurry

Question #4: Windows and air conditioning: what do the experts recommend drivers do?

Windows and air conditioning: what do the experts recommend drivers do?
Fergal McGrath set a Guinness World Record for averaging 100mpg when driving across 24 EU countries. His car, a completely standard Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC, was only meant to be capable of 74.3mpg. He advises drivers to turn off air conditioning and open windows just a fraction.

Question #5: What’s a good driving technique for improving a car’s economy?

What's a good driving technique for improving a car's economy?
Try following the advice of Paul Clifton. At last year's MPG Marathon, he smashed the event’s record, achieving 122mpg in a humble Ford Fiesta 1.5-litre diesel - officially rated at 80mpg. He says motorists should use the highest gear at the lowest possible speed for the longest time they can.

Question #6: What else is key to a car returning good fuel economy?

For good fuel economy leave extra space around you to give lots of time to react and avoid having to slow and speed up rapidly
That's not the way to do it. Try this tip from Paul Clifton, a winner of the MPG Marathon. He suggests creating a bubble of safety around you, by looking as far ahead as you can and making decisions a long way in advance; you need to aim to arrive at gaps in traffic, go for green lights and be ready for the unexpected.

Question #7: Should you dip the clutch when coasting?

Should you dip the clutch when coasting to save fuel?
According to Fergal McGrath,who set a Guinness World Record for fuel economy, dipping the clutch when a car is coasting, or selecting neutral, is a mistake and could be dangerous. Modern engines have sophisticated computers that know, for example, when a car is going downhill. So you simply lift off the throttle and leave it in a high gear, and the computer cuts fuel to the engine.

Question #8: How often should you have your car serviced to ensure it runs efficiently?

How often should you have your car serviced to ensure it runs efficiently?
That's a false economy. Cars depend on regular servicing to ensure they run efficiently and remain safe to drive.

Question #9: What does a car’s stop-start system help with?

What does a car's stop-start system help with?
We'll forgive you if you don't have such a system on your car. It helps prevent inefficiency when the vehicle stops in traffic, by switching off the engine, then restarting it automatically when you need to drive on.

Question #10: On a cold day, should you warm up a car’s engine before driving?

On a cold day, should you warm up a car's engine before driving?
It's better to get on the road as soon as you safely can, as you won't waste fuel and the engine warms faster when driving

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