Save money with our top ten fuel-saving tips
ST MOTORS looks at ten ways to bring down your fuel bills.
Increasing fuel costs are the single biggest worry for thousands of UK motorists.
1. Check your tyres
Poorly inflated tyres put more strain on your engine and burn more fuel. Check your tyres every week, and make sure they’re inflated to the manufacturer’s requirements, and their tread depth is at least 1.6mm deep.
2. Lighten the load
More weight equals higher fuel consumption. Remove any unnecessary items from your car - like toolkits in the boot or CDs in the glove box
3. Warming up
Don’t leave the engine running for five minutes before driving to ‘warm it up’. It’s a big waste of fuel. Drive gently for the first few minutes of your journey instead.
4. Avoid unnecessary engine use
Switch your engine on after you’ve put on your seatbelt, checked your mirrors and tuned the radio. Fuel used while you’re carrying out these actions is wasted.
5. Drive smoothly
You’ll use less fuel if you maintain a steady speed, and avoid sudden stop-start movements by braking or accelerating sharply.
6. Make you car more aerodynamic
Close your windows and sunroof when driving - the less resistance your car has, the less fuel it will consume.
For the same reason, if you’ve got a roof rack attached, remove it. They can increase your fuel consumption by up to 30 per cent. (If you don’t know how to remove your roof rack, get a professional to help.)
7. Avoid short journeys
Travelling short distances of around ten to twenty minutes results in poor fuel consumption.
Minimise small journeys by walking or using public transport if possible. If you do have to drive short distances, combine a number of outings into one longer drive.
8. Change gears efficiently
Change gear at around 2,000rpm in a diesel car or around 2,500rpm in a petrol car to put less strain on your engine and use less fuel.
9. Go green
Convert your engine to run on liquid petroleum gas (LPG). It costs less than unleaded and diesel, costs 53 pence per litre (on average) engine conversion rates range from £1,000 to £1,500.
10. Find cheaper petrol
Use petrolprices.com to find your cheapest local petrol station. Updated several times day, the simple website searches the UK’s 9,690 petrol stations to find cheap petrol near you.
We hope you find these tips helpful