Getting better fuel economy for your car


Every year the cost of filling up your fuel tank gets more and more expensive. As the costs increase you may want to start thinking about ways in which you can get more miles for your money. There are many small changes you can make to both your driving style and your car which over the course of a year can help you make significant savings.

Choosing a new car

If you are looking for a new car, try to make fuel economy one of your priorities, check the mpg (miles per gallon) figures for the vehicles you are considering.

Also consider the size of the vehicle you need. The larger the vehicle, the heavier it will be and the more fuel it will consume.

If you are in the market for a brand new car you may want to consider one of the new generation of 'hybrid' vehicles. These vehicles have been developed to seamlessly switch between petrol and electric power depending on your speed. This means that the vehicle is far more fuel efficient and economical to run.

Keep your tyres at the correct pressure

By keeping your tyres inflated to the correct pressure you will minimise their rolling resistance and save fuel. Under inflated tyres present a larger surface area to the road and your engine will use up more energy to overcome their increased rolling resistance.

Change your driving style

At speeds above 60mph the increased wind resistance will start to have an impact on your fuel economy. Adopting a 'smooth' driving style, avoiding rapid acceleration and keeping your speed down, will help to reduce your fuel consumption.

Reduce wind resistance and weight

Car manufacturers spend a lot of time optimising vehicle body shell designs to be as aerodynamic as possible. Adding a roof rack or bike rack to your car will increase it's overall wind resistance and so it will require more energy and use more fuel in order to accelerate. If you want to add a roof rack to your car, look out for the streamlined 'box' type racks that keep wind resistance to a minimum.

Avoid driving around with a boot full of heavy items that don't really need. Extra weight means your car will use more fuel.

Service your car at regular intervals

If you drive a car that has worn engine or transmission components it will reduce the efficiency of your vehicle. It is also important keep your car topped up with the with the correct types of lubricants/fluids that are recommended by the manufacturer. Getting it serviced regularly ensures that all it's components are kept in good condition, and your vehicles fuel efficiency is optimised.

If you have been involved in an accident that was not your fault, we can help you get your vehicle repaired, organise a hire care for you, and even make an injury compensation claim on your behalf.

Car Call and our partners are specialists in managing all aspects of a road accident claim, and because we and our partners recover our costs from the at-fault drivers insurance company.

Call us now on 02392 484 244 for free help and advice from one of our experienced claims advisors.


No need to claim on your insurance

Anyone who has been involved in a road accident has the right to choose who repairs their vehicle. If you were responsible for the accident you were involved in, the company that insures your vehicle would normally deal with your accident claim.

However if you were not at-fault for the accident, you can choose to either claim on your own insurance policy or make a claim independently of your insurer. To find out more call 02392 484 244 and we will be happy to help.

We and our partners help thousands of people make independent accident claims. Our service enables motorists to get the help and assistance they need to resolve their accident related issues, with the costs being recovered directly from the at-fault driver on your behalf.

No excess to pay

Unfortunately even if an accident was not your fault, your insurer will almost certainly require you to pay your excess before any repair is started on your car.

This money should of course be recovered by an insurer at a later date, but with our service - you do not have to pay it at all.

By using our independent claims service, you are not making a claim on your insurance policy and so you will have no excess to pay.

Receive a like-for-like replacement hire vehicle

Not all insurance policies will include a replacement hire-car for you to use if yours is damaged and unroadworthy. In fact it is typically an 'optional extra' on your policy.

Other policies may offer a 'courtesy car' but this is often just a 'basic' saloon or hatchback which may not be suitable for your needs.

Car Call and its partners will provide a like-for-like replacement vehicle as part of our service. This means we will endeavour to supply a hire-vehicle that similar to your own in terms of its type, make and engine size.

So whether you drive a small hatchback or a prestige sports car, we will look to provide a similar hire-vehicle that suits your needs.

Manufacturer approved vehicle repairs

If you have been involved in a car accident, the last thing you want to have to worry about is the quality of the repairs to your car. We have a UK wide network of partner approved Accident Repair Centres available to all of our customers.

Many of our accident repair centres are have manufacturer approvals for specific brands, so if you require a manufacturer approved repair centre, simply tell your personal claim handler and they will ensure your vehicle goes to an approved repairer.

Want you vehicle repaired by a specific garage? No problem, we can alternatively use a repairer that you specify.

Legal Assistance

Our partner solicitors provide legal assistance as part of our service. They specialise in motor claims related issues, so you can be assured of the best possible advice and assistance.

They issues they can assist you with include:

  • Recovery of the cost of the replacement hire-vehicle
  • Recovery of the cost of uplifting your damaged vehicle
  • Recovery of all repair costs
  • Recovery of the cost of damaged of personal items
  • Seeking financial compensation for an injury