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As motorists we know that we all pay different amounts for our car insurance, dependent on our road use, type of vehicle, and out age, but there is one thing that is constant with any motorist. We all on average pay the same price when we put petrol or diesel in our cars.
Most of all motorists make sure that their vehicles are running how they should, and that they are serviced regularly, but how many of us check to see if our car is running as economically as possible in order to save on fuel consumption?
There are a few simple thing that you can do to make sure that you use less fuel in when driving, and as a result keep more money in your own pocket. Here at Source My Car we have put together some simple steps you can use to help you save some money on fuel.
- 1. Check Your Tyres – Ensuring your tyres are properly pumped up is one of the easiest ways to save on fuel use. Whatever tyre pressure range your cars manufacturer advises, the higher pressure is the best one for fuel savings.
- 2. Slow Down – The faster your speed the greater the fuel consumption. Driving at a moderate speed is not only more economical it also a lot safer.
- 3. Warming The Car Up – The days have long gone where you had to let your engine warm up for 10 minutes before driving off. These days you only need to let the car idle for no more than 30 seconds. The engine will warm up faster on the move, but try to avoid sudden acceleration before your car’s engine has warmed up sufficiently.
- 4. Use Higher Gears or Overdrive – An engine runs more efficiently between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm. By moving through the gears as soon as possible, before the revolution reaches 2,500 rpm. If you drive an automatic you need to switch on your overdrive. This will allow the engine to change gears at a lower revolution, and it also switches the transmission into an economy-mode.
- 5. Get Rid of The Junk – The more weight your car carries the more fuel you use. Just cleaning out your car could reduce the weight and save you money.
- 6. Clean the Air Filter – Ensuring your air filter is cleaned will prevent any blockages to the air flow to the engine. The harder the engine has to work the more petrol it will burn.
- 7. Plan Your Drive – Planning your route before setting off may help you to do fewer trips and avoid those morning traffic jams.
- Do You Have to Drive? – If you are going only a short distance do you really need to take the car? Walking is one of the best exercises you can do, and its free.
These are only a few of the tips that you can use to help you drive more economically and put more cash back in your pocket. Just a little though and some planning could make a big difference to how much you are paying each year for your fuel.
If you have any fuel saving tips that you would like to share with others why not post it in the comments section below.