Fuel costs are crippling the average motorist and with road tax duty at an all time high and rising car insurance, is there anything we can do to try and keep the costs of motoring down? Unless you drive one of the hybrid green cars you are being hit several times in the pocket but follow a few simple tips and you can see the results of a commonsense attitude to driving and save yourself a few pounds in the meantime.
Firstly, check your tyre pressure. Many of us are driving around with low tyre pressure and this leads to extra fuel consumption. It only takes a few minutes to add air to your tyres and costs around 20p in most garages and some even offer it as a free service. One tip is to take off all your air plugs before you start the air pump so you are not fiddling around while the pump is going. Before you start the machine, have a look at the recommended pressure for your make of car or look it up online or in your manufacturers manual before you head off to the garage. The pump will beep when the correct pressure is reached.
Secondly, remove all extra baggage from your boot of your car or racks from the roof, this includes baby and child seats. It may be a little irritating to have to keep putting in your baby seat every time you want to transport your child but the extra weight of it is costing you money in fuel. Check to make sure you are driving as light as possible and there is nothing in your car that is weighing you down unnecessarily.
Drive practically. This means do not speed up to roundabouts and then brake furiously and speed off. Remember that every time you put pressure on the fuel pedal or brakes you are spending money. Your driving should flow and be consistent at all times. Use your gears to slow down and the brakes responsibly. Don’t be a boy racer and be advised that the most economical driving speed is 65 miles per hour so keep to that in appropriate speed zones.
Get a petrol cleaner for your engine if you have an older car. This helps to keep the engine working properly and stops parts clogging up and the need to pay for expensive additives and costly fuel.
One last tip is to reverse into parking spaces when your engine is warm rather than reverse out of them when the engine is cold so get into this habit whenever you can. Follow these tips for a month and see how much you can save.