If you need a holiday but do not want to clear your bank account, then you should definitely consider taking a road trip. A road trip will allow you to see new places whilst enjoying the company of your friends or family without having to spend a fortune.
Road tripping is becoming a very popular hobby, to the extent that those pursue it have become known as “professional road trippers” or “roadgeeks”. There is also a science, called roadology, which centres on the relation between roads and different cultures. Needless to say that many roadgeeks study roadology in their spare time.
Now, there are a few things every road tripper should know in order not to spend a fortune on fuel whilst travelling by car. After all, if you are planning on taking a road trip, you can not ignore the fact that fuel prices have increase significantly over the last few years.
Rising fuel costs is almost always a gripe of the UK citizen, resulting in price wars among fuel stations, strikes and government cutbacks, but there are several ways you can do yourself to easily cut your fuel bill, and making your car more efficient, by up to 20%.
Air conditioning uses almost 10%
By having air con on, you’re using 10% of your car’s fuel to run it. So try to limit times you use it to when it’s very hot, or by alternating using it or not. If it’s a choice between using air con or opening your car’s windows, however, opt for the air con, as keeping the windows open wastes even more fuel.
One tip is to never use air con until the vehicle is actually moving, and by doing this, you will find you don’t leave your vehicle standing with the engine running, which is another waste of fuel.
Take off the roof rack and avoid excess baggage
By removing the roof rack from your car, you will save around 5% of fuel, and by removing unnecessary baggage from the boot or back seats, you will probably save another 2%. Roof racks increase wind resistance and as such, the engine needs to work harder, using more fuel. The engine will obviously also work harder if it has more weight, so reducing the weight in the vehicle, even slightly, will help reduce fuel costs.
Drive in a more efficient manner
Simply by using your brakes less often and always driving in the correct gear for your speed will reduce the amount of fuel your vehicle needs, because the engine will be working more efficiently. Keep speeds to around 55-60 miles per hour unless on a busy motorway where traffic flow is faster and slowing down would cause a hazard, as this is the most economical speed.
Get cheaper petrol
Use loyalty cards and supermarket’s special offers and deals to get discounts on petrol. Many of these can save up to 5% on your fuel costs.
Another trick is to use an online search, PetrolPrices, to find the cheapest fuel in your local area.