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Top Tips Tuesday: How to save money on fuelBack

Fuel2The cost of fuel remains lower than in previous months, but it is still one of the biggest costs of owning a car. However, there are a few simple ways you can drive down the cost of fuel and make your tank go further.

Take a look below at Trusted Dealer’s top tips on how to save money on fuel.

Avoid shorter trips – your car uses up more fuel when it’s been sat cold for a few hours so try to combine shorter errands into one trip when you can.

Avoid rush hours – if you don’t need to drive at peak times, we’d strongly recommend you don’t. Stopping and starting your car in traffic is costly as you have to keep putting your car into first gear and it uses up fuel to gain speed and get moving again. Where possible try to look well ahead at what the traffic is doing and maintain a constant slower speed rather than stopping and starting, to save more fuel.

Don’t carry round excess weight – make sure you avoid loading your car up with unnecessary weight. For example, if you have a roof rack which is empty remove it from the roof to avoid the drag it creates. Furthermore, don’t overload your boot with heavy items such as golf clubs or a buggy that’s not being used as excess weight will increase fuel consumption as you drive about.

Be patient behind the wheel – the perfect way to save money on fuel is to drive steadily at a constant speed and in the highest gear. Although this is not always possible to achieve, when you do get the chance try to relax and drive steady as opposed to being impatient and trying to overtake anyone in your midst, it will pay off the next time you fill up.

Turn off the air-con – it’s tempting to use the air conditioning the whole year round if you have it, but actually your fuel consumption will benefit if you open a window instead.

Stick to the speed limit – breaking the speed limit is a false economy, although you might get to your destination earlier, it will cost you a lot more in fuel costs.

FuelCheck your tyres – the state of your tyres can be detrimental to your fuel bills, in particular the pressure of your tyres. The lower the pressure, the more you’ll pay to get your car from a to b so we’d recommend you check your tyres once a fortnight to make sure the pressure is correct.

If all else fails, why not consider buying a hybrid or an all-electric car? A hybrid car will use a lot less fuel whilst an electric will use none at all, and if you opt for an all-electric model, the Government will even shout you £5,000 towards the cost!

To find a new or second-hand car, visit the Trusted Dealers website or click here.

Posted by Leana Kell on 28/10/2014