Reducing motoring costsr

Buying a car is probably the second biggest purchase you will make after buying a house, so smart driving really is a must, especially when you factor in the cost of the car insurance premiums. There are a number of ways to help you keep driving costs down and driving sensibly in the first instance will save on fuel.

We are governed by speed limits so it seems stupid to floor the accelerator stretching the RPM gauge all the way round to the red – this is unnecessary and dangerous! Taking your time and keeping your revs down will conserve fuel. Also, reaching a high gear as early as possible will have the same fuel saving effect but not to the point that the engine is threatening to stall, this will have the opposite effect. You may skip a gear if you are setting off downhill too – why not?!

Let’s not forget, if you accelerate hard you will have to brake hard also which means your wallet is now getting into double trouble. Your petrol gauge is racing towards empty and your brake pads are going to be worn out a hell of a lot quicker as well! Being aware of your surroundings is actually going to save you money in the long term. You will notice things happening around you from a good distance which means you can avoid fast acceleration out of the gates and therefore will be at a suitable breaking distance for a more gentle approach. Already, just reading this your disposable income for socialising has increased!

Low tyre pressure can put an unnecessary workload on the engine and gulp your fuel as well as chewing through the tread on your tyres. Remember to check your tyre pressure – this will save the costly replacement of new tyres and will in turn save you the cost of diverting to a petrol station to fill up… AGAIN!

Another tip would be to remove your roof rack. This has the same negative effect as the low tyre pressure, creating unwanted work for the engine as it attempts to push through the air.

Taking these tips on board WILL pay dividends in the end. Just applying some basic driving know-how – slower and smarter – will stretch a lot further than the petrol forecourt.