The price of petrol and diesel goes up and down all the time and it is a huge cost when running a car. Buying the cheapest petrol and diesel is the easiest way to cut your fuel costs, but there are other things you can do to get the most mileage out of your tank.
- Make fewer trips:
When you drive your car that has been parked for a few hours, the engine is cold and it uses much more fuel for the first five miles or so and therefore ideally you should try combine all your daily errands into one big trip.
- Don’t drive during rush hour:
There are a few worse places to spend your time than stuck in a traffic jam, but it is also a very expensive way of travelling. The more you stop and start in traffic, the more petrol your car consumes as you need to put it in first gear and it needs a huge amount of fuel to get moving again. So just save your money and don’t drive during rush hour.
- Close the windows and sunroof (if you’ve got one):
It is not much of a problem when you’re driving in town but when you’re out if town or on the highway and moving fast, the shape of your car is very important. Anything that makes a wind noise as your car goes along is actually making your car more expensive to run, so don’t leave the windows and sunroof open when driving. It is better to use the air – conditioning.
- Don’t carry unnecessary weights:
Just like your body, your car needs more fuel to move around more weight. So, just as you wouldn’t carry a heavy backpack unless you had to, don’t fill up the boot of your car unless you need the stuff inside.
- Don’t push the accelerator down too far:
This always surprises people, it’s not just to do with what gear you are in. You may be in a high gear and travelling at a sensible speed but if you’re pushing the accelerator down a long way to avoid changing into a lower gear, then you are actually using more fuel not less.
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