The January slope is a reality. Christmas dinners, gifts, outings, trips… the pockets of Spaniards suffer a lot during these periods, however, the DGT offers a series of “tips” so that filling the car’s gas tank is not one of your problems. And you can save up to 500 euros per year by driving efficiently.

According to the agency, between 30 and 50% of a vehicle’s consumption depends on the owner’s driving style and not so much the type of engine. Additionally, even with these recommendations, you can reduce your vehicle’s emissions level and extend its lifespan much longer.

For example, current engines allow and react well even if we drive in long gears at very low revs with the engine very relieved and consuming the minimum. There is no need to increase gears unless you are on a very steep hill. In this sense, he emphasizes that before reaching 50 km/h we should have already engaged fourth or fifth gear.

The DGT recommends driving at a constant speed, without shifting up or down, while respecting a safe distance. This way the engine doesn’t need to catch up and rev up again and again. Acceleration must be done gradually and changes must be made at the right time to benefit from the best performance of the engine.

Having air conditioning connected without need means that consumption increases between 10 and 20%. It is therefore important to use it when necessary and to keep the windows closed while on the road. Anything that involves breaking the aerodynamics of a vehicle is inevitably associated with increased consumption.

It is common to see cars on the road driving with their roofs loaded to the brim. It is therefore advisable in this case to use a closed roof box or a storage box with an aerodynamic shape. If roof racks attached with octopuses are used, consumption and risks will increase.

Likewise, the appropriate tire pressure must be maintained, always taking into account the load carried by the car. And according to RACE, driving with a pressure 0.5 bar lower than that recommended by the manufacturer leads to an increase in consumption of 2% in urban areas and 4% in interurban areas.

They also emphasize that none of the above tips will work if we don’t perform proper vehicle maintenance or an annual tune-up. Likewise, before leaving on a trip, it is advisable to consult the DGT website, where you will find real-time information on all types of incidents (arrests, works, rain, alternative routes, etc.) which we will avoid wasting fuel in traffic jams. In addition, if our destination is new, the ideal would be to let ourselves be guided by a navigator who will advise us on the best route.