Driving a car can be expensive, especially when the fuel costs are high! If you want to stop wasting money on driving a car that is inefficient and/or you want to learn how to drive a car more efficiently, this list of tips will hopefully help you out….and save you some money.
Try to drive smoothly
‘Steady as she goes’ is the old saying. By accelerating and braking in a more refined manner, it’s possible to save quite substantial amounts of fuel. Putting your foot to the pedal aggressively and accelerating fast really does require much more from the engine. Needless to say, this requires more petrol (gas) or diesel to get where you’re going compared to taking it easy. The same goes for braking.
Stick to the speed limits
Cars hit their optimal ‘miles for the gallon’ ratio at a certain level (depending on the car). It’s not always the case, but quite often this speed is around 50mph, which is coincidentally the speed a lot of cars get the most for their miles. Once you go faster than 55-60mph, the MPG (Miles Per Gallon) amount tends to really start fading off. Yes, you are travelling a whole lot faster, but that engine is working its butt off!
Drive with as little weight as possible
If you have a lot of junk in your car that you never use, get rid of it! There’s no point carrying a whole lot of stuff in your boot if you never actually use it. Of course, if it is geared towards safety (water, hazard signs, car jack, spare tyre – in case of breakdown) then you should definitely always drive around with that. It’s amazing what sort of crap people carry in their cars all the time. Maybe something you picked up from a friend or something you were supposed to dispose of 6 months ago, but either forgot about it or just haven’t bothered dumping yet.
Got Cruise Control? Use it!
There’s no better way of keeping at the same speed than using Cruise Control. If your car has it, you should be using as much as possible. Of course, as we said before, there is an optimal speed. If it’s safe to do so, travel at this optimal speed as much as possible. Refer to your car’s manual or manufacturer to get more details on what that optimal speed is.
Get regular servicing (oil changes etc)
Get your car serviced as and when the manufacturer recommends. Make sure you change the oil in accordance with the maker’s guidelines as well. And use the correct oil. Putting in cheap oil may seem like a good idea for your pocket, and it might be temporarily, but in the long run, you will most likely end up spending more in other areas. A tuned, efficient engine will not only last longer, but can only help with economy.
Keep tyres at the optimal pressure
This is another ‘biggie’. Inflate the tyres according to the car’s recommended PSI. Always replace tyres with what is recommended by the car maker and then inflate accordingly. Don’t assume you should inflate the tyres to whatever level is embedded into the tyre wall.
Drive an economical car!
A bit of a simple one this, but have you ever considered driving a car that has a good MPG ratio? Over time this will pay dividends big time. In fact, you can save thousands by using this strategy!