So you want to save some money? Who doesn’t, right? What if we said that by changing just a few things about the way you drive, you could save a considerable amount of money on fuel?
Well we’re going to let you in on a few ways you can reduce fuel costs and help out the environment.
Kicking bad habits – rapid acceleration and braking
If you’re serious about this, you’re going to need to start paying more attention to the small details about how you drive. Do you often let your mind wander when you’re behind the wheel? Think about what you’ve got for dinner, and forget to keep an eye on your speed? This needs to change if you want to see a real change in fuel economy. Ensure you’re driving at a steady speed and anticipating the road ahead, as accelerating and braking sharply wastes fuel, and therefore money. It is of course acceptable to brake sharply if it’s necessary in order to prevent a collision.
Using the right gear
There are a few things you could try to get into the habit of when driving. One would be using high gears. Try to use the highest gear possible without the car ‘labouring’ or struggling to keep going. Make as little adjustment as possible to regulate your speed. Always put safety first though.
Make sure you plan your journey in advance so you’re not doing more driving than you need to while you try and figure out where you’re going. When on the road, anticipate what’s to come. Remember: stopping and starting constantly can use up more fuel, so leave a safe gap between you and the car in front.
Keeping your tyres in good shape
Make sure you check your tyre pressure on a regular basis, as under-inflated tyres need more force to turn, so use up more fuel.
Driving at a safe speed
Think about going easier on the pedals. Not only does rapid acceleration and braking waste fuel, but also speeding above 60 miles per hour can be harsh on your fuel consumption.
Turning your engine off when parked
If you’re stopping for a while, turn your engine off to prevent your car using up unnecessary fuel.
Reducing the weight in your car
Avoid storing unnecessary items in the car, especially heavy objects. Any excess weight will reduce your miles per gallon. The reduction is relative to the vehicle’s weight, so smaller cars are more affected by increased weight. Also avoid carrying heavy items on your roof. Not only does this add weight to your vehicle, but it also increases wind resistance which lowers fuel economy.
It might take a while to get used to these adjustments, but after time you may notice a considerate difference in the amount of money you spend on fuel. Let us know how you get on in the comments below. Have any other useful tips? Let us know.