4 Ways to Save Money on Fuel
Petrol prices are continually on the rise and with the government still adamant that there will be a tax increase sometime in 2012, it makes it important to find ways to cut down on your spending. Luckily, whether you need to use your car every day or just once a week, you can save money by changing a few small things.
Cut Down on the Amount Your Drive
If you do drive every day, consider whether you really need to drive so much. Can you commute to work with a colleague and share the petrol costs? Can you switch to public transport? Maybe you could save a lot of money by walking to work! All of these will help you save money and you will be amazed by the extra cash that you have in your bank.
Keep Your Tyres Inflated Correctly
Driving with under-inflated tyres will mean that your engine has to do more work. This means that you use more petrol. To avoid this keep your tyres inflated at the correct levels. Many petrol stations will allow you to top up the air for free or for a relatively small fee, such as 10p. The optimum level for your car's tyre levels will be in the handbook.
Well inflated tyres for long journeys are extremely important as this is where you are most likely going to use up the petrol. However, if you are travelling with more weight in your car, consider filling them slightly more to allow for the extra pressure on them.
Take Out Excess Weight
Are you driving around with a car seat that you don't need? Do you drive around with extra bags in the boot? All of these add weight to your car and will mean that your engine has to do more work. If you don't need something in the car, remove it! You don't need to drive around with your child's car seat when your child isn't in the car, so take it out on your commute to and from work.
Of course, there are some things that you should always aim to have in your car - your hazard triangle and a blanket will go a long way if you breakdown or have an accident. You do not always need spare oil in your car - just make sure that your car is always topped up!
Plan Your Journey
If you drive the same route constantly, then chances are you know it like the back of your hand. However, when driving somewhere new, you need to plan ahead to know where you are driving. Sat Navs are great for straight roads with nothing to interfere from them. However, they are only as good as the mapping system that is downloaded.
Make sure you have a map book in your car too and check the route before you start. This will ensure that you don't get lost. If you do find you're lost, stop and ask for directions. Driving around in circles will just burn and waste fuel!
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