With the rising cost of petrol prices we look at ways to make your car more fuel efficient and save as much money as possible.
Before you go spending your hard-earned looking for another “more economical” motor, here are some tried and tested tips that really can help you save money on fuel over the long term in the car you already own. All of these tips focus on making your car more fuel efficient.
Sounds obvious, but before you set off ask yourself “is this journey absolutely necessary? Could I walk or use a bicycle?”. It’s a win-win! (Yes, you could do with the exercise). Planning ahead and being organised could also save unnecessary trips to the local newsagents.
Drive Off Promptly
Contrary to popular belief, as soon as you start up your car you should drive off. However, many people start up and leave the car idling for a while. Instead of this, when you start up drive off and only keep your car running when it is absolutely necessary.
Don’t Ride the Break
Many drivers hit the break pedal more often than is necessary. Additionally there are quite a few drivers that slow down for a braking car when they could easily switch lanes. Not riding the break can increase your fuel efficiency by up to 30%, so this is a great tip you should follow.
Turn Off Your Car
If you are going to be stopping for more than 10 minutes you should switch off your car to keep fuel efficiency at its peak and not burn more fuel than is necessary.
Don’t Turn Off Your Car!
If you are only stopping for a brief moment or less than 5 minutes then don’t turn off your car because the amount of fuel used to start up is more than you would burn in that short period of time. Starting a car – imagine throwing a bucket of petrol in the engine, that gives you the idea.
Inflate Tyres Correctly
Too many drivers never think of their tyres unless one goes flat. However, having tyres that are properly inflated can save fuel and make your car more fuel efficient, saving you money. Because of this, you should check your tyre pressure on a regular basis.
Who knows what is going to happen to fuel prices in the next few months. By following the above fuel tips you will see that over time your car really is more fuel efficient.
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