6 Ways Drivers Can Save Money With Fuel Efficiency
Saving fuel whilst you’re driving is a skill any driver can learn and it holds plenty of benefits. Chief amongst these is the chance to keep more money in your bank account, but there are also environmental factors to consider.
Being an eco-driver is all part and parcel of modern driving, so it pays dividends to understand how you can apply a few fuel efficiency techniques to save some money. The Guardian has picked up on this, suggesting combining multiple fuel saving techniques together could well save you up to £800 a year, so learn how you can add to your finances with these 6 handy tips.
- Get Rid of Excess Weight
If you have unnecessary equipment lying around in the boot of your car, the extra weight means you’ll be using more fuel throughout your journey. If you’ve been leaving equipment lying around in your boot and thinking nothing else of it, now would be a good idea to shift the item somewhere else into storage and reap the financial benefits on your fuel gauge.
- Perform Basic Vehicle Maintenance
Check your vehicle regularly (get it serviced if necessary) to ensure your engine is functioning properly. This includes making sure you’re using the right type of engine oil, as well as checking your tyre pressures and tread depth level so you know if they’re roadworthy.
These little touches will, ultimately, help improve your fuel efficiency enormously. Properly inflated tyres, for instance, mean you will have lower rolling resistance, which keeps your vehicle at the optimal level of performance. In other words, you’ll save a lot of fuel!
- Only Drive When Necessary
Whilst it’s always tempting to cut journey time by jumping into your car and going for a spin, sometimes you can simply walk or take public transport. The Telegraph noted this and suggested to take the bus or train during rush hour, which would ultimately get you out of a traffic jam. Better yet, walking home (if this is feasible) can get you some exercise and clear your mind after a day of work.
The newspaper also suggests making fewer trips as a cold engine means more wasted fuel, so if you’re able to fit all of your required trips into one batch of activity you’ll ultimately save a lot more fuel. Additionally, if you’re sitting idly in your vehicle – turn your engine off. It’s surprising how many people can’t quite manage to lift their arm up to turn the ignition key to off, instead burning through fuel pointlessly.
It takes a little effort, but pragmatic thinking will help alleviate your annual expenditure on petrol or diesel with simple techniques you can add into your driving routine.
- Turn to Mobile Tyre Fitting
Sitting around in a garage waiting for replacement tyres has become a thing of the past thanks to mobile tyre fitting companies such as AA Tyres. Not only do you have to drive to your garage and waste a heap of fuel, you’re also forced to lose a lot of time as you wait for your turn in the queue.
By turning to this modern method, you can bring a garage straight to your front door. You’ll find most companies will perform your fitting for free as well. There are also added bonuses such as free wheel balancing as part of the service and member discounts, making this a brilliant way to save money over the course of a year.
- Get Streamlined
Quite literally, every little decision you make when driving will add up to losing or saving on fuel. As a result, wind resistance is worth factoring into your driving. The more streamlined and aerodynamic your car is, the less drag it will receive as you travel and the more fuel you’ll save.
This means decisions such as taking removing roof-racks or boxes from the top of your vehicle will add some extra wind resistance, streamline your journey, and ensure you save money. Another tactic is to keep your windows shut, which is a proven method of reducing drag.
- Pick the Right Tyres
Finally, make sure you have fuel efficient tyres. Modern compounds are a marvel, offering massively enhanced grip, stability, and handling over previous generations.
When making your choice, be sure to pick a tread pattern which has been manufactured to lower rolling resistance and offer low noise emissions. This will, of course, help improve your fuel efficiency and your status as an eco-driver, which will all-in-all add up to a great deal of saved fuel.