Fuel prices have gone bonkers recently. How much do you pay for your fuel. I know at the time of writing this I pay £1.76 for a litre of fuel. That’s almost £8 per gallon. For the average car and driver that means it costs you £8 to travel between 30 & 40 miles.
You cannot do anything whatsoever about how much fuel costs, what you can do is reduce the amount of fuel you use. Look at the fuel saving tips below and you could save hundreds of £££’s per year just by using less fuel.
- Keep a Steady Speed
The harder your press the accelerator the more fuel you will use. Yes, you have to press the accelerator to keep moving and stick to speed limits. What you don’t need to do is “floor it” every time you set off and between each gear change. My advice here is to build your speed gradually and reducing the number of gear changes you make. If you try and keep your rev counter at around 2000 revs between gear changes, you will see a massive reduction in the amount of fuel you use.
- Keep Moving!
The bulk of your fuel is used every time you set off from stopped. If you were to plan ahead a little more and try and keep your car moving on approach to traffic lights, roundabouts etc you will see that your fuel gauge starts to reduce at a much slower rate.
- Lose the roof rack and bike carriers
To take advantage of any of your car’s aerodynamics. Remove anything that could cause any drag. For example, roof racks, bike carriers etc. Removing roof racks etc could save you over 10% off your fuel consumption.
- Shop around for fuel
Petrol / diesel prices are currently fluctuating on a massive scale. The price per litre can depend massively on when a petrol station had their last delivery. I highly recommend using the petrol prices website https://www.petrolprices.com/ to find the cheapest price near you.
- Correct tyre pressures
Ensure that your car tyre pressures are set to the manufacturers recommended levels. Every car is different, to find out your cars recommended pressure just look in your car’s handbook or on most cars they can be found on a small metal plate just inside the driver’s door.
- Don’t fill up
A car with a full tank of fuel is far heavier than one with half a tank. The heavier your car is the more effort it will take to get it moving. The more effort it takes, the more fuel it will need.
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