As the cost-of-living soars, reaching a 45-year high, many of us are looking for ways we can save money. Whether that’s saving money on the ever-increasing weekly food shop bill or cutting back on your fuel bills, there are several things you can consider if you’re serious about saving some cash.
One easy way to save some pennies is by making your car more fuel efficient. And no, we don’t mean buy a new hybrid car! Here are some ways you can make any car more fuel efficient.
What is fuel efficiency?
If you’re trying to make your car more fuel efficient, we’d probably best clarify what we mean when we talk about ‘fuel efficiency’.
In simple terms, it’s all about how far your car can travel on a single tank of petrol.
Why is this important? Well, as well as helping you reduce your carbon footprint by wasting far less fuel, it’s economical. With less fuel being wasted every time you turn your engine on, that’s less money being wasted on fuel.
And even if the difference is only a few pence per journey – it all adds up.
How to make your car more fuel efficient?
- Check your tyre pressure
Keeping your tyres inflated, and in good condition, allows you to reduce your fuel consumption. This can help both your wallet and the environment as 24% of your car’s co2 emissions can be tyre related!
But if you really want to save money, you might want to think about replacing your tyres more often than you previously have. You could consider swapping to Yokohama tyres the next time you upgrade your wheels.
- Reduce the weight of your car
Now, we’re not saying you should chuck your passengers out… but you probably should remove anything from your car that isn’t 100% necessary. For example, if you often keep walking boots, 10 litres of screen wash and various other miscellaneous items in your car, you might want to rethink.
If you must keep the weight (if you’re going on a road trip, say!) then try to evenly spread out the items to make sure the weight distribution is even.
- Drive steady
As well as keeping passengers happy, breaking and accelerating smoothly and driving at consistent speeds will help you save fuel.
For motorway driving, if your car has it, try to engage cruise control. That way you can be sure of a smooth and efficient ride.
- Keep up with maintenance
Although you might groan when the service light comes on, keeping up to date with your servicing can help you identify any problems that might be impacting your fuel efficiency.
Abiding by the above rules probably won’t put you out day to day, but it will have a significant impact on your petrol bill. Will you give it a go?
Hope you’ve found our article, How to make your car more fuel efficient useful.
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