Loving my diesel car and extending my TBF!

Posted on February 25th, 2011 by GEM Motoring Assist

It’s absolutely no wonder the price of fuel is set to rise and I don’t doubt this is only the beginning.  The troubles in the Middle East are deeply worrying making the cost of fuel pale into insignificance in the scheme of things, but since there is not a lot we can do as individuals, reducing our fuel consumption will put a little less strain on our pockets.


A year ago, I abandoned the petrol engine and boy, am I glad.  Fuelled by a pathetic return of around 17 mpg on my Grand Scenic auto, I decided that a diesel was the way to go when I bought my much yearned for Peugeot 308CC.  It was so important to me that I waited over 6 months for second hand model to become available.

Since then, I have marvelled at how much less often I have had to stand on a chilly forecourt with my hands turning to blocks of ice as I wait for the tank to fill – a job that has got to be one of the most inconvenient when running a car?  I am now, positively laughing.  I have only had to fill my tank 3 times in the last 10 weeks and I’ve still got 150 ‘round town’ miles to go, according to my on- board computer.

I don’t know exactly how many miles to the gallon I am getting, but it’s got to be in the region of 30+ or so round town.  Not bad for a 2 litre auto engine? And if I now start to follow some of GEMs tips and advice on reducing my fuel consumption, I might be able to stretch my TBF (time between fill ups) by another week or so.

For anyone interested in cutting down their TBF, have a look at GEMs tips on saving fuel as covered by the Telegraph online  – or why not let us know below if you’ve get any further ideas on how to save fuel?

On the other hand, whilst it’s very tempting to have as much TBF as possible, I would however suggest you consider keeping your tank topped up and never going beyond a quarter full.  With the trouble in the Gulf States growing by the day, we might anticipate that there will be some sort of fuel supply crisis around the corner.  Having witnessed fuel shortages in the past, desperately searching for a garage and queuing up for a measly £10 worth of rationed fuel with hundreds of irate customers is not something I want to contemplate right now.

By keeping topped up, if the worst should happen, you’ll hopefully have at least half a tank of petrol to use whilst following GEM’s fuel saving tips.