12 Jan 2021 | Motorvaps

Easy Tips to Save Money on Fuel

There are many ways to save money on fuel, making small changes to your driving pattern can save you a lot of money, especially considering that petrol and diesel prices increase rapidly. Our vehicles are important to us, so we spend a lot of money to keep our vehicles in the best possible condition. Follow a few of these tips and discover different ways that will enable you to go further for less.

Practise good driving patterns

Beware of other drivers and anticipate their driving as well as other potential road hazards. Try less sharp braking and quick accelerating. Less fuel is used when you brake slow, steady, or accelerate gently.

Tyre pressure

Ensure that the tyre pressure is accurate all the time because that can help you save fuel by 2%. The combustion increases significantly when the tyre pressure drops and maintains the rolling resistance, so tyre pressure and a wheel alignment should be 100% correct all the time.

Driving speed

The faster you drive, the more your vehicle will consume fuel, so reducing your driving speed from 80km/hour to 70km/hour could potentially save you up to 25% of your fuel. So, if you are on the last few drops to get to the petrol station, drive slowly

Vehicle maintenance

Vehicle Maintaining cannot be stressed enough, as it plays an important role in ensuring that your vehicle remains in optimum condition and remains fuel-efficient. Older cars are generally heavier on fuel, so maintaining it will prolong its life span and keep fuel costs relatively lower than cars of the same age.

Decrease the weight of the vehicle

When your car is lighter, it uses less fuel. Ensure that your vehicle in general does not have unnecessary items that could be weighing the vehicle down. Remove all items that are not essential. More weight means that the vehicle must use more power, which ultimately means burning more fuel at a quicker rate.

Here are some other easy tips that could help in saving fuel and money:

  • Fill up at a half tank rather than a quarter tank if you want to save on costs.
  • Use higher gears, instead of lower gears.
  • Don’t over-rev or leave the vehicle idling for long.
  • Make use of lift clubs, if commuting to school or work.
  • Try to avoid traffic jams, fuel is consumed less when its free-flowing traffic.

Knowing how much your car is costing you to run is the first step to shaving a few bucks off your bill.  While it may seem like there is no light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to keeping up with the rising cost of everyday necessities like fuel, it’s often the little things that can make the biggest difference long-term.

A quick calculation can reveal just how much you can save when you cut fuel and energy use and harmful, life-threatening habits. While you’re saving money, you’re also saving the environment and paving the way for a more sustainable and economical future.

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