Earlier this year, we pointed out that driving your car without enough petrol in the tank simply isn’t a very good idea if you want to keep your vehicle healthy! But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t a bunch of great strategies for keeping those costs down without risking your car; with that in mind, we’ve gathered up some of the best advice for keeping petrol costs low and also keeping your car healthy…
1. Your Vehicle
The vehicle itself can be altered to ensure that it’s more efficient and aerodynamic, in three key ways. The first is the tires; if these aren’t inflated fully, the car will have more drag which in turn causes more fuel use. Secondly, you can conserve energy by making the car lighter, so clear out unnecessary items from the boot and the backseat. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, if you have a roof rack and aren’t actually using it then take it off.
This is important because a roof rack can add a lot more drag than slightly deflated tires, and by removing it when not in use you may actually be able to improve your fuel consumption by up to 10 percent!
2. Your Driving Style
Once your car is sorted, the next thing to take a look at is your own driving style, as you might be unwittingly letting too many pounds escape out of the exhaust. Remember that both accelerating and braking can burn away excess fuel if you don’t stay careful and do it gradually – so ease your speed up and make sure you have time to brake smoothly. While you’re driving, your car will ‘talk’ to you with grunts and grumbles, so listen and drive accordingly and you’ll find your fuel consumption becomes far more efficient.
3. Remember Fuel Prices Fluctuate
Fuel prices don’t just fluctuate over time, but also from area to area and even shop to shop, which brings us to our final tip: do your research. The difference will only be small, but when you fill up often it really does pay to know if there’s a supermarket with a good deal or a nearby postcode with cheaper prices.
We really hope that these tips will actually prove really useful for you, and help you save money while still keeping the tank full. If you ever find yourself in a sticky situation, with the wrong fuel in your car, just get in touch today – call 0800 634 9827 or come and find us on Facebook and Twitter.