Filling up your car with fuel isn’t cheap, and every driver wants their money to go further when it comes to fuelling up. But cheap isn’t always best, and there are other ways to make the most out of that full tank of petrol.
At Wrong Fuel, we have put together a little guide on the best way to get the most out of your tank, and save some money in the long run.
Remove Excess Weight
You might think you need that massive toolbox in your boot “just in case”, but in fact, you are adding more weight to your car, which in turn uses more fuel to make up for the extra burden it is carrying. The lighter the vehicle, the further your fuel will go!
Drive Smooth and Steady
You may not realise it, but driving erratically by accelerating rapidly increases energy loss due to the suspension moving around a lot more. Driving at a smooth, steady rate reduces this energy loss and in turn stops your fuel being used excessively.
Keep Your Tires Inflated Properly
Tyres that aren’t properly inflated are one of the biggest causes of fuel wastage. As a wheels shape changes under the weight of the vehicle, energy is used during this constant deformation of the wheel.
More fuel is needed to replace this wasted energy on tyres which aren’t adequately inflated; they will use more energy with the shape changing more frequently and eventually convert the energy to heat, requiring more fuel to actually get the vehicle moving.
A rigid tyre allows very little change in shape and therefore uses a lot less energy and fuel!
Limit Air Conditioning and Window Opening
When driving in hot weather, it’s so tempting to whack up the air con and get a cool breeze circulating in your car. The longer you keep the air con on, the more fuel you will be wasting on powering it.
Similarly, driving at high speeds with your windows down reduce how aerodynamic you care is and will create a drag, which means the car will have to work a bit harder to continue moving and using more fuel to do so.
We suggest using air conditioning for very brief periods while in the car, or open the windows if you are travelling a relatively slow speed.
With fuel being an expensive necessity, it’s super important to try and avoid wasting your tank by using the wrong type of fuel. However, if you do find yourself in the familiar “I’ve put the wrong fuel in my car!” predicament, don’t hesitate to contact us at any time on 0800 634 9827 to let our experienced technicians, who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, get you back on the road!