5 tips for saving fuel!
Now you’ve bought the car of your dreams we want you to enjoy it as much as you can. One of the most expensive costs of running a car is filling it up with fuel so we’ve put together some handy tips to try and help you save money on fuel!
- Before choosing your car
If you have already bought your car then this first point may be too late however looking at the CO2 emissions and MPG of the car you are looking at buying should be an important factor in considering your next car purchase. If you have a long commute, consider your fuel budget as buying a car with low MPG capacity could add as much as £50 extra to your weekly fuel bill!
- How do you drive?
If your new car is a manual vehicle then you can use your gears to help you save petrol; Always try to drive in the highest gear you can without causing sluggish driving. Keep off the Brakes! Using the gears correctly can allow you to slow down more naturally than slamming on the breaks throughout your journey. Your speed will be a large factor in your fuel consumption; the faster you go the greater the fuel consumption and pollution. Research found that driving at 70mph uses up to 9% more fuel than at 60mph and up to 15% more than at 50mph.
- Look after your car
Air-conditioning increases fuel consumption at low speeds, but at higher speeds the effects are less noticeable. So if it’s a hot day open the windows around town and save the air conditioning for high speed driving. Try and keep your windows shut at higher speeds; having them open can cause drag which will use more fuel. Check your handbook and see what the optimal inflation is for your tyres. 25% too low tyre pressure increases rolling resistance by 10% and fuel consumption by 2%. Car manufacturers usually recommend two different tyre pressures: one for driving unloaded and at normal speeds and one for driving fully loaded. These pressure indications can be found in the instruction manual, but often also on a label at the door post or at the fuel filling flap of your car.
- Choose your filling station
If you are heading out for a long journey make sure you fill up at a station either at a supermarket or one in close proximity to other stations. Motorway service stations and those that are in the middle of nowhere can add as much as 18p a litre to the cost of fuel elsewhere! Researchers have found motorists on the M42 around Birmingham are hit by highest petrol prices. Supermarkets often offer better rates.
- It’s all about the freebies
There are very few petrol stations now that don’t offer a loyalty scheme. Some are tied in with supermarket loyalty schemes whereas others offer their own schemes. Supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s and Morrisons now offer Nectar points and Morrisons have their Match and More card for petrol. You can earn one point for every litre you buy at Sainsbury’s and one litre of fuel at Morrisons will get you 10 More Points. Tesco also offer Clubcard points at their stations but Clubcard points can also be gained at some Esso Stations too. The Shell loyalty scheme offers a choice of rewards from gift vouchers to money off fuel. Sign up to them all so you are always building up freebies whilst you fill!