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How to reduce your fuel consumption & save money 9 | 23 | 19

Nobody likes paying for fuel, no matter how much or little (money) you have it is never a payment someone wants to make. Prices for petrol and diesel are fluctuating all the time, but the fact is pricing remains high. In the UK the average price for a litre of petrol in 2019 stands at £1.28 and for diesel that price is even higher at £1.34.

A fun fact: Fuel is so cheap in Venezuela, that they can fill up a medium-size car up to 720 times for as little as £1

When times are hard & you’re not located in Venezuela! You need to save money on fuel to reduce your monthly/weekly spending. Thankfully there are many ways you can increase your fuel economy, which is essential to help you drive to work, to see your friends & family, & to any adventure you want to go on for a cheaper budget.

You may think you have to get a newer, more modern car that is going to be economical on fuel, but not everyone has the budget to go purchase or finance a new car. This article showcases ways for both new & old cars to become more economical and fuel-efficient. All these changes are going to sound very minimal when they’re calculated on savings per gallon, but if you’re using around 200 gallons of fuel a year these changes could help you save around £100 a year.

We are going to discuss 5 different ways you save can money on fuel and make your car more economical by looking at some easy to implement changes with your driving habits and car.

5 ways to reduce your fuel consumption

  1.  Reduce your time spent in idle

A lot of modern cars don’t have to worry about making this change as they’re equipped with stop/start features. But for those of you who don’t have this option available, staying in idle outside of your home or waiting in traffic for more than 10 seconds wastes more fuel than restarting your engine. So if you know that the lights are going to last a long time or you are going to be parked up anywhere for over 10 seconds (even in traffic), make sure to switch your engine off.

Not only does it benefit your fuel economy but it also benefits your contribution to lowering air pollution levels due to the carbon dioxide pumped into the atmosphere. Leading to a greener planet and cleaner air (& we all benefit from that!).

  1. Change your bad driving habits

You have probably heard this many, many times. You won’t want to change your driving habits because it is what you’re used to doing. But, once you know the stats on how much fuel you will be wasting you may just rethink your daily driving habits. If you follow these changes you can expect to save between 5% and 33% depending on your current driving.

Changing gears early increases your car efficiency due to the lower amount of strain you will be putting on your engine when you avoid the higher revs. As a general practice, you should change gears in a petrol car once you reach 2500rpm and 2000rpm for diesel cars. Avoid harsh accelerating and braking to keep your rev counter low. Try it for a week and you will notice how many more miles your car can reach without spending a penny more.

reducing revs increases efficiency

  1. Stick to the speed limits

Sticking to the speed limits is actually a great way to reduce your fuel spending every month. What Car? research shows that doing 80mph uses up to 25% more fuel than doing 70mph. That means on a 100-mile journey you could theoretically reach an extra 25 miles if you drove at 70mph on the motorway, that makes a huge difference! It’s essentially the distance from Hartlepool & Newcastle. If you’re on smaller roads, slowing down from 70mph to 60mph could save another 10%. For every five miles per hour that exceed 60 mph, drivers pay an equivalent of about 19p more for each gallon of fuel.

  1. Maintaining your car

You don’t need to be a mechanic to maintain your car at an acceptable level. Simple maintenance such as keeping your tyres at the correct pressure, changing your oil and topping up your fuel with the cleaning agent.

  • Tyre pressure, the lower the PSI, the more your tyres make contact with the road causing a higher amount of friction and drag, lowering your efficiency. Four tires that are underinflated by 10 psi would reduce a vehicle’s fuel economy by a substantial 10% at an added cost of 25p per gallon.
  • Changing your oil. This is essential to keep topped up to keep your car running at maximum efficiency. It lubricates, cleans and cools parts of your car to avoid wear and tear. Avoiding this will lead to a decrease in efficiency due to car parts working harder to perform better.
  • Using a cleaning agent. Over the years harmful materials build up in your engine, reducing your car’s efficiency and increasing emissions. Using a cleaning agent will remove these deposits and allow your car to run smoother, using less fuel. If you don’t want to buy the cleaning agent to add yourself, try using a more premium feel as they contain these agents.
  1. Reducing drag & staying aerodynamic

It’s a given that wind resistance increases fuel consumption. That’s why a majority of cars aren’t shaped like a box at the front & instead are shaped to cause as little resistance as possible. A way to further reduce drag and increase your aerodynamics is to avoid opening your windows at high speeds. Also when possible remove your roof racks or any accessory that will create a further drag on your car when not in use. Removing a roof-top cargo box can save as much as 20% on fuel over a year.

So there you have 5 ways to reduce your fuel spending. Hopefully, you take these tips into consideration and implement them, you could end up saving over £100 throughout the year, just through some slight tweaks to your daily driving. Not only that, it will reduce your carbon footprint, and lower your chances of an accident on the road. Happy driving!

Every car, whether new or used, whether an Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz or a Citroen, Renault or Fiat, needs maintaining on a regular basis, otherwise the efficiency will reduce over time, and lead to new parts being required, whilst also decreasing the value of your car.

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