Spending a lot of money at the pumps for your car’s fuel? If so, you have come to the right place. The average household spends an astonishing £3,500 a year on car fuel, and for every gallon you use, there’s an environmental price to pay, too. (Image Credit)
The good news is there are some simple tips for cutting back on your fuel costs. We’re going to take a look at some of the things you can do to save your family money when driving – and help the environment, too. Let’s take a closer look.
OK, so this is an obvious way of cutting your spending on fuel. But, the simple fact is that far too many of us drive without even considering walking. The short trip to the local shops might not seem like a waste of money, but do it every day, and it soon adds up. Think about how you get to work, too. It can be far cheaper to get a bus, for example, and walking the distance in between. Not only will you save cash, but you will also be getting some good exercise.
Join a car share
Another way to save money is to participate in a car share. Or, if you don’t have one at work, to start a program. If there’s four of you travelling from the same place, it can reduce your fuel costs driving to work by 75%. That isn’t an amount to sniff at in anyone’s book. Not only that, of course, but it might help you get to know your colleagues a little better.
Now, let’s take a closer look at your car and how to maximize your fuel efficiency. The first step is to clean it up. If your vehicle is full of random objects and rubbish, it adds excessive weight. Get any non-essential items out of there and stop using it as an additional storage space. Don’t underestimate the impact it can make. Even buying smaller bottles of oil and car fluids can have an impact on reducing the weight of your vehicle.
Look after your tyres
One of the easiest things you can do to improve your fuel efficiency is to care for your tyres. Keep them pumped up to the optimum level, and your vehicle will drive better. Also, don’t be frightened to upgrade them. According to The AA tyres service, upgrades can bring several benefits. These include improving fuel efficiency safety.
Service your car
Always have at least an annual service on your vehicle, as well as your MOT. It will help you fine tune all the minor problems you might find that are causing your engine to demand more fuel. Sure, it’s going to cost you a little – but over the course of your car’s lifespan, it will be less. Plus, you will identify any major issues that might happen at a later date, saving you, even more, money.