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How to Save Money on Fuel

By: Tracy Wilkinson - Updated: 7 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
How To Save Money On Fuel

With prices rising like never before, many drivers are finding it hard to keep their fuel tanks topped up for their daily journeys. The price of motoring just keeps going up and it seems like the price of diesel and petrol is constantly soaring. However there are some things you can do that can help you save money on those expensive fuel costs.

Find the Cheapest Fuel Distributor

This one is pretty obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people just go to the nearest fuel station without ever finding out whether or not it has competitive prices. To make sure that you are finding the cheapest fuel when filling up, sign up to www.petrolprices.com, a website that allows you to search by postcode to find the cheapest fuel where you live, work or travel. It's free to sign up and you can opt to have a daily email sent to you with the cheapest filling stations (including supermarkets) if you wish to keep on top of those diesel and petrol price changes.

Keep the Air Con to a Minimum

If you're driving around in hot summer weather it can be tempting to keep the air conditioning blasting away. What you might not know is that your air con will use a fair amount of fuel to keep it going - so you might be better off keeping it switched off and opening a window instead.

Keep Your Eye on the Rev Counter

If you have a rev counter in your car, keep an eye on it and make sure that you change gear before you reach 2,000rpm in a diesel vehicle and 2,500rpm in a petrol car.

Keep Your Speed as Consistent as Possible

Consistent speed can help reduce your fuel bill because heavy braking and quick acceleration both use more fuel than more careful driving. Of course it's also a far safer way to drive and puts you less at risk of having a road traffic accident. Ideally you should always be looking ahead and thinking about upcoming traffic and weather conditions so that you can slow down and speed up in a more measured fashion.

Don't be Idle!

Don't leave the car engine running while you defrost the car in the Winter. Not only are you wasting lots of fuel, but you run the risk of coming outside and finding an empty space where your car was. Even if you lock a spare set of keys in the car, a broken window is easy for a thief to fix if they make a packet for selling on your car.

Keep a Clean and Tidy Car

Now this might sound like nagging to you but - Clean your car out! It's basic physics that the more you carry, the more fuel you'll need to move it. If you're not using the stuff in your boot then clean it out. All you really need is some emergency supplies: a warm coat, a first aid kit, that kind of thing. If you need to transport something around, make sure you take it out again when you don't need it - better to take a few minutes taking things to and from the car than burning fuel on something you don't need to be carrying.

Plan your Journey Carefully

Don't waste fuel driving around because you can't find the location you're going to. Invest in a Satellite Navigation system, get a downloadable package on your mobile phone that warns you of traffic hotspots, or simply listen to the traffic and travel reports on local radio while you are out travelling. If all this seems a bit unnecessary, you can always revert to a tried and trusted favourite - and keep a map or a road atlas in your car!

Turn Your Engine Off in Jams

If you're stuck in slow moving traffic jams and are at a standstill for over 3 minutes, just turn off the ignition. This can save you a fair amount over the course of a traffic jam depending on how long it lasts for, and is also better for the environment.

Check your Tyre Pressure

Check your tyres and make sure that they are inflated properly. Driving around on tyres that aren't at the correct pressure can increase the amount of fuel you use by 5%. It's really easy to check your tyre pressure (there is an article covering it on this site) and you should check each tyre once a week and before any long journeys.

So although there isn’t much you can do about the actual cost of fuel, there is something you can do about how much fuel you use. Follow our tips and you can enjoy cheaper fuel costs, and a more safe and efficient driving experience.

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