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Are You Saving Money When Driving?

By: Tracy Whitelaw - Updated: 18 Jul 2010 | comments*Discuss
Are You Saving Money When Driving?

There is no doubt that with rising petrol prices and difficult economic times, everyone wants to save as much money as possible when driving. If you’re looking for easy ways to save cash when motoring, ask yourself the following questions and see if you can significantly decrease your outgoings when it comes to travel.

1. Are You an Aggressive Driver?

Although it may seem like a myth that has been concocted by authorities to slow drivers down, it is actually proven that driving in a moderate, safe manner can save you money. If you continually drive in an aggressive manner, you are going to burn more petrol than when you drive moderately. Learning to brake easy, go easy on the accelerator and slow down when speeding up, you’ll find that you can save significantly on petrol.

2. Are Your Tyres Properly Inflated?

Keeping your tyres inflated can make a considerable difference to how much money you’re saving when driving. Having your tyres at the correct inflated level means that you will not only preserve your tyres longer, but you’ll also use less petrol. If your tyres are inflated correctly, they’re less likely to suffer from wear and tear, less likely to fail at high speeds and of course will save you money in replacements. As well as this, tyres that are correctly inflated will give you better mileage for your money, so don’t underestimate topping them up with air when you need to.

3. Are You Staying Within The Speed Limit?

Sticking to the speed limit can save you money long-term. You’ll keep your car in better condition, maximising the resale value and you’ll also be able to save money on petrol. Safety should also be at the forefront of your mind when driving, so not only are you saving money, you’re keeping yourself and others safe

4. Are You Spending Time Idling?

It’s not only the environment you’re helping when you switch off your engine while stationary, you’re also saving your pocket by keeping cash in it. If you re-learn how to drive, you can make significant savings. Switching your engine off when sitting for any length of time means you’re saving on gas that you’d normally use when idling. Over the long-term, this can save you a lot of money on petrol.

5. Are You Using Air Con When You Don’t Need To?

Using the air-con has long been an issue for people who wanted to save petrol. If you’re in the middle of a hot summer and have a long journey, you will obviously want to use your air-con, but it can minimally mean you’ll need to spend more on petrol. The opposite argument to this is of course that if you open all your windows, you’ll increase the drag on your car and thus use the same amount of petrol anyway. Ideally, use the air-con on long journeys and keep the windows rolled down on shorter journeys – this way you’re maximising mileage

6. Are You Using Your Cruise Control?

If your car has cruise control, use it. The difference it can make to your mileage is quite significant. Cruise control removes the itchy trigger effect where you may feel that you need to pump the accelerator every now and again. It smoothes out the driving experience and forces drivers to look ahead. This means it’s more likely that you’ll engage in softer breaking and of course this saves money on petrol costs long term. It’s best to use cruise control only on long flat roads. It will be of no benefit to use it in built up areas or on mountainous paths.

7. Are You Getting Your Car Serviced Regularly?

Making sure that your car has been serviced regularly ensures that it is running efficiently. Inefficient engines can reduce petrol economy by around 10 percent. Getting your car checked once a year means you’ll spot any small issues, preventing them from turning into larger issues and saving you on petrol costs long term.

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