How to Save on Fuel? 5 Easy Ways
Saving fuel and saving money go hand-in-hand. This is especially important with the recent price increases for petrol and diesel. The good news is that there are ways that you can save on your motoring bill and this article includes some money saving tips for drivers.
5 easy ways to save on fuel
- Avoid Harsh Acceleration
- Avoid Unnecessary Weight
- Consistent Speed
- Check Tyre Pressure
- Turn Off the Air-Con
1. Avoid Harsh Acceleration:
Your driving style can have a significant impact on fuel consumption. Driving aggressively or erratically can lead your car to consume 60% more fuel. Two areas where cars use the most fuel is when-
- we build up speed
- while slowing down.
Therefore, drivers should slow down gently, work down the gears in good time and don’t overtake unnecessarily. Slow and steady wins the fuel race.
2. Avoid Unnecessary Weight:
The heavier your car, the more fuel it needs to move around. So, we recommend removing unnecessary weight or baggage from your car, for example remove the golf clubs from the car when not needed.
More weight = More Fuel Consumption
Even if you took 50kg of extra weight out of your car, you could save hundreds every year on fuel costs.
3. Consistent speed- (Stick to the Speed Limit):
Driving at higher speeds leads to higher fuel consumption. The key to saving fuel on long journey’s is by driving that bit slower. Of course, traffic is a dependent factor, but while driving on the motorway you will use less fuel if you drive at a consistent speed. A recent statement from Transport Minister Mr. Eamon Ryan advises slowing down to ease fuel consumption.
Read the article here
4. Check Tyre Pressure:
This one is interesting. The lower the tyre pressure, the more fuel the car will consume. Under-inflated tyres cause more rolling resistance compared to correctly inflated tyres. We recommend that you check the tyre pressure at least once every fortnight and of course when taking a long journey.
5. Turn Off the Air-Con:
Finally, one of the biggest fuel wastage items nowadays, in modern cars, is the air con. Air-con can increase fuel consumption by up to 20% because of the extra load on the engine.
So, USE IT WHEN YOU REALLY HAVE TO, which isn’t too often in this country.
Let us know in the comments if you have any other tips and if your insurance is due for renewal any time soon. Then, get a quote from us, we might as well save you some money