Published on April 30th, 2011 | by Pete0
Top Tips: Penny Pinching at the Pump
One area of ongoing price hikes at the moment, is petrol. Due it ongoing political unrest in the Middle East and Africa, the price of oil has increased substantially. These price increases have been thoughtfully passed on to us customers. You may think that there is nothing you can do to avoid paying through the nose for fuel, and to a large extent you are correct. However, there are ways in which you can save some money and reduce the amount of cash you need to spend on petrol, by becoming more efficient in the way you drive.
There are a number of steps you can take to ensure that your car is performing as efficiently as it could. Firstly, regularly check that your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure. If they are not, they could be draining your fuel more than you realise. Secondly, try to ensure you are not carrying unnecessary weight in the car. This might sound obvious, but you’d be surprised how often people just leave things in the boot of their car, not really thinking about how this is impacting on the economy of their journeys. Finally, don’t use the air conditioning if it is avoidable. I guess this might be less of a problem given our climate! However, a little bit of window use is far less fuel expensive then air conditioning.
There are many savings to be had simply by driving more smoothly. Cars use a surprising amount of fuel every time you it the brakes, so try and use the road and conditions as best you can to help you slow down more naturally (please do brake hard when you are fast approaching other vehicles!) Also making sure that you are in the most appropriate gear is important, as this helps the car to run as efficiently as it can.
Fuel seems to change in price almost daily (unfortunately mostly in the wrong direction currently). There are websites that are free for you to use, in which you can insert your post code and get information about the cheapest fuel near to you. One such site is PetrolPrices.com.
So there it is. Happy motoring…