Wednesday 24th October 2012
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Have you ever wondered about some simple ways to save money on your fuel bill? Did you know, it is possible to cut the cost of your monthly fuel bill by more than 30% by how you drive and what you keep in the car? How many motorists would change their driving habits, if it meant they could save more money on fuel?

Saving Fuel Tips

This tip may seem laughable but one of the easiest ways to save on fuel is to leave the car on the drive and walk or use the bicycle if it's only a short trip, especially if your journey is just popping to the local shop, or school just around the corner. You also gain the added benefit of more exercise. If not, then try planning your journey in advance so instead of making lots of trips, try and squeeze in more errands at the same time.

Regular service

A regularly service of your car will help deal with dirty air filters, oil changes, fluid top ups; tyres aligned with the correct tracking and more than 16mm tread. Unchecked, these can cost motorists up to 50% more on fuel and emissions.

Hot sunny days

Motorists frequently use their air conditioning on hot sunny days; did you know, this will increase fuel consumption by approximately 10%? During the hot sunny season make sure you park in shady areas, this allows cars to keep cool which avoids the need to put the air-conditioning on upon returning to the car. Additionally, there will be less fuel evaporation because you attract less of the sun's heat.

Only half a tank

You could only fill the fuel tank up by half as this means the fuel tank is less heavy, and therefore doesn't require more fuel to to pull the car along. Weight of the car plays a big factor in keeping the fuel bill down, as we discuss later.

Changing gears

Changing gear without revving the engine high or avoid over accelerating will help to reduce fuel consumption, as well as driving too long in low gear, idling for lengthy periods and driving up hills put a strain on the engine and increases fuel consumption.

Cold starts

During the cold winter season motorists should warm their car up for approximately three to four minutes. This is the only time idling should be permitted as it can help prevent the car from stalling. Most modern cars if looked after don't tend to suffer from this problem however, the longer you leave the car running again the more fuel you are burning. If you buy an engine block heater for those cold and freezing days, you will never have to worry about your engine not starting up. Block heaters can start an engine up with temperatures below the most frigid weather, even as low as -80⁰. They are the best cold start engine eliminators by keeping your oil and coolant warm. Buy a block heater with a timer so you can preset it at least two hours before you need to use the car.

Around the town

Avoid forceful accelerating, braking and driving. Aggressive and zealous driving doesn't impress anyone, and motorist could save fuel by as much as 30% if they drive steadily. This is why town driving can drink more fuel as opposed to motorway driving as people are being forced to stop and start because of the increase in traffic, lights, zebra crossings etc.

Out on the fast roads

When in cruise mode out on the fast roads try and stick to the speed of 55mph as this is the most economical for the cars fuel performance. Opening up the accelerator simply allows more fuel to be consumed. You can also set the cruise control at this speed to ensure you don't go any faster.

A full battery

Save fuel by switching off all internal accessories such as stereos, consoles, lights etc. before turning the engine off. This can cause a drain on the battery if these items are left switched on after which in turn means the engine has to work harder to start the car next time round.

Keep the boot empty

The majority of motorists drive with excess clutter in their car and boot space. The space in some motorists cars has become a permanent allocated storage space. Some motorists regularly drive around with the boot full of items that are rarely used. Unused clutter of any kind increases fuel consumption. There will always be items needed, but not for every journey. Clutter can be coat’s, boots, umbrellas, push chairs, baby seats, bags of baby clothes, boxes of car tools and car fluids, sports equipment, unemptied luggage bags and much more. TIP: Clear unnecessary clutter that you don’t use, carry only what you need for your journey.

Save fuel by driving as aero dynamic as possible

If you can imagine your vehicle needs to be as aero dynamic as possible so that there is as little air friction as possible which could hold the car back and thus make the engine work harder. Ensuring that your windows are closed, convertible roof is closed on fast roads and tyres have the correct air pressure in will help your car to move smoother. If you have anymore tips or comments, please send us them below so we can publish them on this page.

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