With the increase of petrol and diesel prices over recent years, it now costs an average of £8 extra to fill up the tank than it did just 2 years ago. An average size fuel tank now works out £71 to fill up, which is £8 more expensive than back in 2016.
This increase is mainly due to the rise in crude oil prices, so it's really good to be more prudent when it comes to the cost of running your car. The aim is to keep more money in your pocket when filling up at the pump.
Here we’re going to look at some helpful tips to keep your vehicle running as fuel efficiently as possible this summer.
One in eight motorists have admitted that they can’t afford to fill up the car and only put enough in to get from A to B, with some saying they even drive quite a distance just to get the cheapest price. One in six motorist’s state that the cost of fuel means they can’t even afford a car.
Firstly, it's worth noting that you can search online for the cheapest fuel near to you, so this is well worth looking into.
Here are some great ways to reduce your fuel bill;
Don’t pack the car to heavy
This may sound quite obvious, but the heavier your vehicle is, the more fuel is required to power the engine to keep it moving. It’s so easy to pack the car for those lovely summer day trips, but don’t forget to empty it after. Heavy tools etc. can also be kept in the garage until you really need them. To save wasting money at the pumps means keeping your vehicle as light as possible.
Use your air-conditioning correctly
On a boiling hot day when you step into the car and it’s like a sauna, it can be tempting to switch on the air con straight away. Don’t do it! Wind the windows down as the air con will use alot of fuel when the vehicle is stationary, or moving slowly. However, once you reach a good speed you may want to swap this over. Opening the windows at speed will cause drag on the vehicle which again uses more fuel. This is the time to use the air con and close the windows as this uses up less fuel when the vehicle is speeding along. The guide speed for this is around 30mph. Summary: wind the windows down and turn off the aircon at low speeds and turn the aircon on and wind up the windows at higher speeds. If you are having problems with your aircon you can find parts here.
Check your tyre pressure
Driving with your tyres under the recommended inflation rate can also boost your fuel usage as it will put more strain on the engine. It’s very easy in hot weather for your tyres to lose air if you don’t keep an eye on them.The more the surface of the tyre rests on the road the more drag you can put on your car, so keep them nice and pumped up. Research has shown that a tyre with 10% psi under the limit can increase your fuel bill by 2.5%.
Don't fill up the tank
Fuel can evaporate, so filling up your vehicle and leaving it standing can literally see your hard earned coppers disappear into thin air. Also, when you fill up the tank to the top this gives more weight to the vehicle which again increases fuel usage when moving around. Try and only top up with the fuel you know you will need and if you can just aim to keep half a tank as much as possible.
Make use of vouchers and cashback
Your local supermarkets will be competing for your business, so check to see if they offer you cheaper fuel when you shop. You can normally find the details of any offers on your shopping receipt. Sometimes, it may not work out cheaper than a local garage, but other times it does, so it’s well worth checking out.
Be gentle on the accelerator
How you drive can be a big player with how much you spend on fuel. The harder you push the accelerator the more fuel you will use. This sounds quite obvious, but it can easily be forgotten, especially if you’re in a rush, or annoyed at another driver. Don’t rev the car up too much if you can help it. When you aim for a smoother drive with both your accelerator and gears, this is known as ‘eco driving’ as it also helps out the environment. If you need them
Hopefully, these tips will help save you some money at the pump. Have you got any other ideas? Or any thoughts on the above information? We would love to hear your comments below…