To save you money, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 things you can do to reduce the cost of running your car.
If you follow this guide, you’ll save money on your fuel costs leaving you with some extra cash to spend on the things you're really passionate about!
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1. Check your tyre pressure
Under inflated tyres will mean you use more fuel. Keeping them at the pressure stated in your car's manual can improve your fuel efficiency by 2%.
Plus, it's safer, because it improves stopping distances. For best results check the pressure of your tyres once a fortnight. It's also a good way to monitor if your neighbour has been slowly letting the air out of your tyres!
2. Servicing your car
Regularly servicing your car will save you money in the long run. If you get your car serviced every year it means that problems are spotted early and fixed before they become expensive repair jobs.
You can even spread out the cost of your service by getting a Service Plan. This will allow you to pay for servicing your car over a year instead of all at once. It will also unlock some great Evans Halshaw benefits and lock in the price of your service to beat inflation.
3. Engine Oil
Check the handbook to make sure that you are using the right kind of engine oil for your vehicle.
It will help to allow your car to achieve its optimum fuel efficiency. If you use the correct oil it should also cause less wear and tear to your engine.
4. Close the windows
If you drive with your windows open then it creates drag, reduce your fuel efficiency and cost you money.
The same applies if you are driving a convertible with the roof down at speed.
5. Don't carry unnecessary weight
Empty your boot of anything that you don’t need. The heavier your car is, the more energy and fuel it will have to use to get you from A to B.
Best to get that rubbish cleared and save you some money!
6. Accelerate smoothly
When you’re waiting for the traffic lights to turn green you may want it to be the start of a drag race...
But remember, you use up a lot of fuel accelerating, so be gentle with your gas pedal.
7. Lower your revs - Efficiency is the new sexy.
Try not to wait until your rev counter is in the red before you change gear.
High revs may sound cool, but it’s much more efficient to move up a gear at 2,500 revs for a petrol car and 2,000 revs for a diesel.
8. Stick to the speed limit
You could save up to 25% in fuel if you drive at 70mph rather than 80mph.
When you’re on smaller roads, driving at 60mph instead of 70mph could save another 10%. It’s also cheaper because you won’t be racking up fines for breaking the speed limit.
9. Use the car less
It sounds obvious, but if you can use public transport or walking as another means of transport, you will most certainly use less fuel.
This is also a fantastic way of reducing your carbon footprint!
10. Speed bumps
Try to maintain a slow and steady speed (around 15-20mph) when going over a number of speed bumps. Braking hard, accelerating, then braking again uses up fuel faster. Just chill out and enjoy the ride.