I think it’s safe to say that right now fuel prices are affecting us all, with a cost of a litre of unleaded at a staggering 139.9 and diesel even more at 144.49, it’s no surprise that customers are looking to switch to new economical and diesel models in an attempt to save money in the long term.
Cutting back on your fuel costs doesn’t mean you have to stop driving all together, below are some ways you can cut back and depending on your car type could save you anything from £500- £1000 per year.
1.Be speed aware
Changing the way you drive for example do you drive at the speed limit? A bit of a right lead foot could be costing you pound not pence. Slow down! Even 5mph over the speed limit uses essential fuel quicker.
2. Drive eco-conscious
Stopping properly at traffic lights could save a frequent driver up to £10 per week, so avoid coasting or leaving your car in gear and go into neutral instead. Also use your handbrake and take your foot off the clutch when you are stuck in traffic and watch your savings grow.
3.Plan your route or make fewer journeys
Making a number of journeys at once and planning your journey could reduce the amount of fuel you use. The shortest distance possible is ideal so try plan in advance about the route to take. Why not go by foot or bike for those smaller journeys.
4.Is your car doing the best job?
Have you ever thought about swapping your car due to cost? The larger the engine size the more fuel it will use. So is that lovely sporty model worth it?
By changing your car to a newer smaller model, you could have the benefits of a more economical engine that is much more fuel efficient with lower Co2 emissions, and looks great too! Also by doing this should reduce your road fund license.
Why don’t you speak to one of our helpful members of staff who can look at what you are spending now and what you could save by changing, you never know you might save yourself a fortune or take a look at our smaller cars online
5.Less is more when filling up!
Going to a petrol station and filling your car until it is full will make your car heavier, therefore making it do more work and using more fuel. Try and fill your car more frequently and with less fuel you should find that it will go that little bit further in mileage.
6.Check tyre pressure
A 5% improvement in fuel economy can be achieved by keeping your tires inflated correctly at all times. 1.6mm is the correct and legal depth for tires on cars in the UK, although the AA recommends that you have them at 2mm at all times
7.Which fuel is right for you?
Although the vast majority of motorists still use unleaded it has been proven time and time again, that diesel is the most economical and overall the best value for money. The purchase of a diesel is more expensive to buy and fuel costs more because you use less. It is generally more economical with a good diesel engine you can get as much as 50mpg compared to 30 mpg in a petrol.
There’s now a great selection of diesels due to its rise in popularity, click on our link to see what we have to offer
8.De-clutter and un-load
Do you have unnecessary items in your car, is your boot full? Having a good clear out of as little as 100lb could save up to 2% on your fuel bill in any size car. Roof racks and bike racks are the biggest culprits in using fuel due to the pull on the wind.
9.Check the air filter
The flow of air getting to your engine can be affected by dirty air filters therefore affecting your fuel consumption.
10.Don’t pimp my ride!
Improvements to speed are always a popular modification to most drivers looking to enhance their car, and it goes without saying that driving faster will use more fuel and even changing tires create resistance and decrease fuel economy, so try and stick to stock tires especially if you are going a long journey.