Petrol prices. They’re never too far away from the headlines. Most recently it was due to allegations of price fixing against a number of oil companies.
Whether this turns out to be true or not, it is hard to ignore the high price fuel carries with it.
The average motorists cannot alter the prices charged, however, there are a number of practical things that each car owner can do to help make their tank of petrol or diesel last longer – therefore saving money through less visits to the petrol station.
How Ways to Save Petrol
1. Drive Efficiently: We all develop our own driving style. However, some habits can lead to poor fuel efficiency. By keeping to some simple principles, the fuel consumption for your car can be reduced.
By ensuring that you don’t over-rev the engine and that when travelling you do so in the highest gear possible will aid you in trying to lessen the amount of fuel consumed.
2. Clear Out Unnecessary Items From Your Car: The more weight in your, the harder that your car’s engine will work. This in turn burns more fuel.
You can save yourself small amounts of fuel by simply taking unnecessary items of the car.
3. Don’t Use Your Air Conditioning: When you are using the air condition in your car, this can significantly add to the amount of fuel that is consumed.
So unless you really need it, try switching it off on short journeys.
4. Shop Around For The Best Deals: This may seem like a very obvious point and one that the majority of motorists will do as a matter of course, but the price of petrol will vary company from company and even location from location.
For those car owners who live within a close distance to a number of different petrol stations, you can easily compare the different prices and choose which petrol station offers you the best deal.
5. Keep Your Tyres Properly Inflated: Tyre Pressure it is one of the most important factors in maintaining a high level of fuel efficiency for your car.
In fact, a tyre’s ability to affect the fuel efficiency of a vehicle is such an important characteristic, that thanks to a recent piece of EU legislation, every tyre sold now comes with a label that details how effective the tyre is with regards to fuel efficiency (rolling resistance).
Driving with the incorrect pressure uses more fuel and makes your tyres wear out quicker and will increase the amount of drag your vehicle has to drive against.
Before you test the air pressure of a tyre, make sure that you do so when they are – if you have been driving, it is best to leave the tyres for around an hour to allow them to cool down.
Driving with tyres that are three psi below the correct pressure decreases fuel economy by one per cent.