How To Help Cut Fuel Costs Amidst the Cost of Living Crisis

How To Help Cut Fuel Costs Amidst the Cost of Living Crisis BLOG Saturday 12th March 2022




Top 8 Tips to Cut Car Fuel Costs

What you can do to help cut down fuel costs amidst the cost-of-living crisis

The price of petrol and diesel has skyrocketed recently, with new record prices continually being set across the UK.

It currently costs an average of almost £1.60 per litre for petrol – while diesel per litre is 5p dearer and begins approaching £1.70. and just in the last week alone, with the ongoing war in Ukraine, the cost of filling up a typical 55-litre family vehicle has risen by more than £2 – reports the Manchester Evening News.

These steep increases have in-turn left car owners desperately searching high and low for ways to save on their fuel, meaning they have to fill up less often.

And experts at car leasing firm Vanarama have shared their top tips for making your fuel go further, WalesOnline reports, and one handy tip involves nothing but a bowl of water.

Vanarama explains that careful driving is key to saving fuel. Every time you apply the brakes, energy is lost in the heat generated by the brake pads and discs.

Revving the engine unnecessarily is another way you can lose that energy you’ve paid for through fuel.

You need to ensure that you’re driving as carefully as possible – anticipate when you’ll need to brake and move gently through the gears, keeping the engine speed to a reasonable level.

Their top tip is to drive as if you have a bowl of water on your passenger seat – if you’re going to spill it, you could be driving more carefully.

Here are eight more ways you could make your fuel go further.

  1. Make sure your car is clutter-free – When you’re carrying a heavy load, your car doesn’t perform as well on the road. These long inclines are harder work and will lead to you putting your foot down, or changing down a gear to keep the speed up – all of which uses additional fuel.


  1. Keep your fuel tank level low – Diesel and petrol are heavy, and add additional weight to your car. Keep your fuel tank lower and there’ll be less weight to carry.


  1. Take all non-regularly used bike racks and ladder racks off your vehicle – Unless you’re using a bike or ladder regularly, take the rack off your vehicle. If you do, however, need a roof rack, then keep it clear of loads as much as possible.


  1. Keep your tyres pumped up – Often motorists only check their tyre pressure once they have a puncture, however, this is a costly mistake. Low tyre pressures create heat and friction with the tread and sidewalls flexing, with research showing that you use an additional 3% fuel for every 10% your tyres are under-inflated.


  1. Limit your use of the aircon – Many of us leave the air conditioning switched on all year round, overriding it when necessary, with the heater. Try and get into the habit of turning it off when you don’t need it, it can be quite a drain on fuel when in operation.


  1. Have regular servicing to prevent further costs down the road – This is extremely important as something as simple as a blocked air filter will result in poor performance and higher fuel consumption. A brake that is binding slightly can have a dramatic effect on your MPG.


  1. Keep your window closed – All that buffeting you get when you have the window open, even slightly, doesn’t come for free and fuel is burnt to generate it. If you don’t need the window open, close it.
  2. Always pre-plan your journeys – Probably the single, most effective way of lowering your fuel bill is to reduce the mileage you drive and to avoid time consuming and costly congestion. Plan your routes carefully using real-time data such as that offered by Google Maps.

Source: Fionnula Hainey & Aaron Morris   – Chronicle Live.


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