Even thought petrol prices have dropped recently, when you are doing more summer driving, it’s important to keep an eye on your fuel consumption. Here are some simple tips that can optimise your fuel consumption and reduce the impact on your wallet.
Pump Up Your Tyres
Under-inflated tyres increase resistance which can negatively impact your fuel consumption. Check your car manual for the recommended pressure then head to your local petrol station and use their air pump. This is one of the easiest and quickest ways to reduce your fuel consumption.
All petrol stations are no created equal – there can be a marked difference in pump prices, so do shop around. Shopping around for petrol can save you real money. Take advantage of specials and discount coupons where you can, particularly when it’s time to fill up!
Clear Out the Boot
If you are keeping items in your boot that you don’t need every day, like golf clubs and bowling balls, take them out. Extra weight increases fuel consumption so keeping the boot and the back seat clear of any unnecessary items can really help.
Purchase a Fuel Efficient Car
Fuel efficient cars are great for the environment and also help reduce the financial strain of rising fuel costs.
To reduce your fuel consumption, you could drive less – save the car for longer trips and use your feet or bicycle for quick trips around your neighbourhood – your health will benefit too!
Otherwise, drive at a regular pace, rather than with lots of accelerating and heavy braking (your passengers will appreciate it too!)