Motorists all over the country were angered last week when the prices of petrol continued to rise. This outrage was especially due to the announcement that the price of oil had considerably dropped in the last few weeks, leaving people confused to why this hadn’t positively affected the price of petrol.
It was stated that the price of oil had fallen by around 5% in the first few weeks of April. Despite this, the average price of petrol in the UK increased from 111.92p a litre to 113.29p a litre between mid March to mid April.
This means that there is a 75p increase a month when filling a petrol tank, resulting in a huge £3.50 hike since the beginning of February.
The rise in petrol costs means that now more than ever is the best time to start saving fuel, thereby reducing the amount of money you spend on your car. We have put together a quick guide to help you out.
Make Less Trips
Were you aware that a car that’s been parked for a few hours uses considerably more fuel for the first 5 miles? This is because the engine is cold and therefore needs longer to warm up. This is why you should always attempt to combine your trips, so that you’re spending less time going out in your car.
Of course, we know that this isn’t always doable, but when possible, you should combine all your trips into one big one.
Avoid making short trips; walk or cycle instead!
Avoid Rush Hour
Not only is being stuck in rush hour traffic really boring, it can also be very expensive. Having to repeatedly stop and start your car means that first gear is used more, and therefore so is a huge amount of fuel.
The best thing would be to avoid rush hour traffic altogether, but we know that this can be virtually impossible if you have to travel to work, or drop and pick up children from school.
We recommend that you should anticipate the traffic, so you can travel at a steady speed instead of having to constantly accelerate and break.
Ditch the Weight
The more weight you have in your car, the more fuel is used. This means that you shouldn’t carry around unnecessary weight, as you are just wasting fuel that could be saved.
Empty your boot, and take out the stuff that really doesn’t need to be in there. The heavier the item, the more fuel it is using.
Turn off the Air Conditioning
If you don’t need it on, then simply turn it off. Most people are unaware that it uses up quite a bit of fuel, meaning that you will be refilling quicker.
We know it can be tempting to leave on, as it stops your car misting up in the winter, but we recommend using it sparingly.
Change them Gears
When you are driving your car in a higher gear, you are making higher revs and therefore using more fuel. You should be aiming to change your gear at around 2,500 rpm.
If you change your gears more efficiently, you can save up to 15% on fuel. By this, we mean that if you’re driving in an area that is 30mph, then you should be comfortably in fourth gear.
And if your car has a 6th gear? Use it whilst on the motorway!
The rise in petrol means it is even more important to not waste any by putting in the wrong fuel. For example, putting diesel in a petrol car can cause a lot of problems, and cause very expensive damage to your car. Thankfully, here at Wrong Fuel, we are always on hand to help. We are able to drain unwanted fuel from your car in a way that can ensure no damage is done. You can contact us anytime on 0800 634 9827, so we recommend keeping our number on hand just in case.