Handy hints and tips on how to save money on fuel

Your car may be one of the biggest expenses you have besides the running cost of your home, so any money you can save must be a bonus!

Fuel consumption obviously has a lot to do with a) the way you drive and b) how economical your car is, and whilst some of what we’re about to say may be obvious, check out our hints and tips on how you can be more economical and save money!

Before you set off on a journey ask yourself the following fuel saving questions:

Is anyone else going to the same place and can we share a lift?

If the weather permits and the distance isn’t too far, can I walk?

If you answer yes to the above, then great! You’ve already made a saving with a simple economic decision.

Basic maintenance

Whilst this might sound really obvious, make sure that you regularly get your car serviced to ensure everything is working properly. Next time you are getting fuel, take ten minutes to ensure that your tyres are pumped up properly as under inflated tyres will make your car use more fuel. If you are not sure what the correct tyre pressure is for your car, you can either look in your vehicle handbook or give it a good old-fashioned Google!

Plan ahead

It can be really frustrating when something goes wrong with your car and with call-out fees and garage charges, it can be expensive too. The average cost of roadside vehicle recovery is approx. £90, not to mention the cost of repairing what is wrong with your car. Therefore, make sure you’re prepared in case the worst were to happen and purchase breakdown cover with your car insurance.

Budget Insurance offer RAC Breakdown Assistance – Britain’s most experienced breakdown service. With five levels of assistance available, you can choose exactly the type of cover you actually need. To find out more click here

Driving tips

We’ve compiled some top tips for economical driving, take a look at the below and see what you do or don’t do already!

  • Stick to the speed limit – we all know that the speed limit is there for safety reasons however, if you drive at 70mph you’ll use up to 9% more fuel than at 60mph and up to 15% more than at 50mph. Taking it up to 80mph can use up to 25% more fuel than at 70mph
  • Watch your air-con usage – when at lower speeds, air con increases fuel consumption, however this is not as noticeable when driving faster. So when you’re just nipping around town on shorter journeys, instead of using your air-con try opening your windows
  • Keep moving – stopping and starting frequently uses more fuel that keeping your car rolling. So keep an eye out at traffic lights and junctions and where it’s safe to do so slow down instead of stopping

Track the changes

If you want to see how much you can improve on your current fuel consumption, all you need to do is make a note of the current miles per gallon, re-set your trip meter fill your tank and see the difference. To make your findings more accurate try and compare like to like weeks.

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