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Tips for Road Trips!

With its rugged coast-line Ireland’s the perfect playground this summer for an adventurous road trip.

And if the Wild Atlantic way, a 1,600-mile drive that hugs Ireland’s western coast from Cork to Donegal, is too demanding, there are plenty of shorter hops, of secret sandy coves and cliff-top drama, equally as impressive, that can be explored in just a few days.

In theory staycations always make sound economic sense but, your fuel costs, can really crank up.

Here are some tips that can help reduce fuel consumption without impacting your fun, as you get out and explore our beautiful country.

  1. Stay aerodynamic! Wind resistance increases fuel consumption. And while roof-top cargo boxes are a brilliant storage solution, remove them when not in use. You can save as much as 20% on fuel over just one year. Ditto for bike racks. They too increase air resistance and fuel consumption. Don’t need them? Get rid.
  2. Slow and steady wins the race: Fuel consumption revs up significantly over 90km/h. According to AA dropping from 120 Km/h to 110 Km/h can save up to 25% in fuel. While many of our motorways have generous speed limits, giving yourself extra time will deliver more miles to the gallon.
  3. Love your wheels: Properly inflated tyres improve fuel efficiency so get them inflated and aligned before you leave. The RAC claim correctly inflated tyres can improve fuel consumption by up to 2%. To find out what’s the optimal pressure for your tyres, check out your car manual, or go online.
  4. Air con v’s open windows: The cause of great debate in many cars across the land… but it’s a fact, air- conditioning increases fuel consumption, especially at low speeds. If possible open windows on shorter hops and keep the air con for the longer sweaty drives.
  5. Lighten the load: If you’re like me and generally end up packing everything bar the kitchen sink, stop & think! The heavier the vehicle the bigger the hit to your pocket. A lighter card uses less fuel – Fact!
  6. Show your car some love: If the thought of a service makes you winch… consider the consequences of breaking down in a desolate part of the country late at night - creepy indeed! If you drive a newer car, it probably has an in-vehicle maintenance reminder system that provides an alert on the dash when it’s time for a service. If your car is older and doesn’t have this type of technology, a good rule of thumb is a yearly service or around driving 12000 km’s.

Remember stay safe, stick to the speed limit… and enjoy the ride!

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