If someone asks you how they can save money on petrol, what would you suggest? Drive slower, or maybe even be less aggressive when behind the wheel?
Both points contribute to better fuel efficiency but there’s a number of extra things that you can consider that could help you save a significant amount of money on petrol or diesel.
This week, we’re going to look into four proven ways to help you save money on fuel. We’re going to cover:
- Choosing the right car
- How you’re maintenance can effect the fuel usage
- How you can drive better
Making sure you choose the right car to save money on petrol:
Now then . . . One of the most obvious ways we can save money on petrol is by selecting the right type of vehicle before we commit to purchasing it. There are a few things that you should look for, and getting it right could save you a lot of money in the long run.
Before you make your deposit payment for your family SUV, ask yourself if you actually need a vehicle of that size and weight. A large family vehicle is perfect if your daily routine involves dropping and collecting the kids from school, but if not, why are you spending so much on a fuel-guzzling vehicle like that?
One of the easiest ways to save money on petrol is to get your choice of vehicle correct. If you’re only going to and from work in a heavily congested city, get a vehicle with a smaller engine.
An extra thing you can do is to look at the MPG (Miles Per Gallon) of the vehicle. Naturally, the higher the MPG then the less stops you will make for refuelling.
Have your car maintained regularly:
Regular maintenance for any vehicle is hugely important and you’ll be surprised how much fuel you can save by having it checked on a regular basis.
Every vehicle should have an annual MOT in Milton Keynes followed by its annual service. The MOT, of course is a legal requirement for any car registered here in the UK and goes through a rigorous check to ensure that the car is safe for use on the roads.
The annual service is equally as important but is not a legal requirement. A service will assess the cars everyday components and fluids, making sure that they’re at a safe level and in a position to work effectively.
Common replacements and repairs during a routine service include a timing belt change and even a spark plug replacement. These both contribute to the vehicles engine making sure it starts and runs correctly.
A failing engine could use more fuel and work harder than normal, as a result you might find that you’re filling up more frequently.
Declutter and shed weight to increase efficiency:
If you do notice that you’re having to refuel on a more frequent basis, it could be worth checking the state of your car and any storage components that you have available.
Many car owners; young, old, male and female have a habit of using their cars as a portable bin and wardrobe, storing loose rubbish, empty drinks bottles, old clothes and even new ones simply because they’re too lazy to clean it themselves or transfer the clothes to their bedroom.
Unfortunately, all of this excess weight can have a negative impact on your vehicle and bank account. The extra weight generated by waste in the car puts more pressure on the tyres, engine and ignition sequence.
As a result, the internal components have to work harder in an effort to get the vehicle moving.
A quick piece of advice? Make sure that you de-clutter your car regularly and try not to make a habit of leaving items in your boot for weeks at a time.
Consider your driving style and how it impacts your fuel tank:
If you had to rate yourself out of ten for your current driving ability and efficiency, what would you score yourself?
A generous eight or nine maybe?
In actual fact, most drivers would probably come in at around a five or six simply because of the way they drive when they go to and from work. So why is that?
Let’s face it, when it comes down to a Friday afternoon, the last thing you want to worry about is how your driving is affecting your fuel tank – but it does. Naturally, people will want to get home quickly so that they can enjoy the weekend – but reckless driving could be costing you more than points on your licence and speeding tickets.
Ask yourself how quickly you drive when you go to work. Would you say that you’re driving is considerate to other road users? Probably not.
The AA completed a study that claims that you could save up to 25% of your fuel if you drive at 10mph slower than you usually do at “high speeds” (based on driving at a consistent speed of 80mph, reducing to 70mph).
Accelerating and braking has an impact:
Young drivers tend to be particularly guilty of this shortly after passing their driving tests, but older, so called more “experienced” drivers are also guilty too.
Remember to accelerate gently and time your braking. Too harsh of either will make your car burn more fuel. As you accelerate the engine needs more fuel to get things moving – the harder to press down on the pedal, the more fuel it needs to move quicker.
Braking is equally as important as accelerating. You should be taking note of the road, signage and others drivers so that you understand your surround and get your stopping distance correct, especially even more so in difficult driving conditions such as rain or snow.