Looks like the government and those greedy oil companies are once again hiking their prices. Not content on making billions of dollars they have to make billions of billions of er…well, let’s just say, we are helping to line their pockets because we still rely on petrol for our cars! As for the electric car, strange it has not yet become everyone’s family car, especially in this day and age of rapid technology. It must be our world leaders too busy fighting over oil to want to help us save money and the environment too!
So in light of this fuel problem, here are my 10 top tips to help you save a little petrol, or at least try to help it stretch further.
1. I am not meaning to sound like a cheat, but walking or riding a bicycle to work is the ultimate petrol saver! It may not help my business but it’s good for you and the environment. So for those car lovers, please read on!
2. Think before you buy. If you are looking to save money, then you will need to think more about your location and not the latest fashion accessory. If you are a city dweller, then you need a car economical for driving at low speed, short distances. Maybe look into the new hybrid cars. The car works as an eclectic car until it reaches a certain speed and then the fuel engine kicks in. If you are in the country and drive fast, long distances, maybe a diesel would help. The diesel is more expensive, but the car will go further. Although, some people still love the sound of a petrol engine, so if you’re one of them, keep reading on.
3. Car sharing. I was fortunate early on in my career to be working with a colleague that lived near me. We cut our petrol costs in half and certainly helped my friend to justify why he needed his 4×4 land cruiser!
4. Some say that driving with your windows down will cost you more in petrol. I am not sure if it has been proven, but I believe the theory is true. Having your windows down creates “drag” or more wind resistance. That means more resistance in the forward motion so the car works harder and uses more fuel.
5. If you have air con, you will probably use it to help keep you cool in summer. Well this definitely uses more fuel as it needs to run an air conditioning compressor. That uses power from the engine, which again, makes the engine work harder and uses more fuel. If it’s really hot I would try a combination. If you are driving slowly around town, open your windows. You get cool and there is less drag on the car. If you are on a motorway, use your blow fan on the cool setting.
6. Correctly inflate tyres. If you have ever had a bicycle and tried to ride it on a flat or under inflated tyre you’ll know how much harder your legs have to work. Same sort of principle with a car.
7. Make sure your car is regularly serviced. A good serviced car will mean it runs at optimum performance and not work harder with, for example, a clogged air filter.
8. Try to drive as smoothly as possible. If you are a bit of a “boy racer” you will probably use up more fuel and create more wear on your breaks, clutch and tyres. Try to change gear smoothly and stay constant on your accelerator. This is more efficient and means the car is not working harder.
9. Similar to the previous tip, try to observe your speed limit a little more. The faster you drive the more fuel you use. I did hear about the speed of 56mph being the most economical speed to drive. But with the range of cars out there, I can’t say that it is necessarily true.
10. Keep your car clean! How much stuff is in your boot? By reducing the extra weight in the car, it will help keep the vehicle light. Ever notice how slow you car feels just after you have put a full tank of petrol in? Just an example, and I am not saying don’t fill up, just check you are not carrying any additional weight.