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10 Quick and Easy Ways to Save Money on Fuel

With the price of fuel continually on the rise and the move towards a more eco-friendly lifestyle, more and more of us are watching our fuel consumption to save the pennies as well as the earth. If you want to start paying less for petrol, read our 10 handy tips which could save you £££s.

1) Get your car serviced regularly

Making sure that everything is functioning properly inside the car can reduce its fuel consumption. If you suspect that something may be wrong with the car, get it to a garage as soon as possible as even a small, insignificant problem may be eating away at your fuel.

2) Check your oil levels

The oil inside your car acts as a lubricant between all the parts of the engine, so make sure your oil is always topped up and everything is running smoothly.

3) Buy some eco-friendly tyres

You can now purchase specialist eco-friendly tyres for your car. Although they are slightly more expensive than normal tyres, they are designed to reduce your fuel consumption and save you money in the long run.

4) Keep your tyres pumped up

It’s a well-known fact that underinflated tyres lead to higher fuel consumption, so keep them pumped up! For every 5% that a tyre is underinflated, fuel consumption increases by 1%.

5) Turn off the air conditioning

Using the air con inside your car can reduce the fuel economy of the vehicle by a huge 20%, as the air con makes the battery work harder than usual and needs to be recharged by the engine. Use it sparingly – if you’re not driving on the motorway, open the window.

6) Watch your speed

According to the Department of Transport, when you drive at 70mph you use up to 9% more fuel than if you were driving at 60mph. Shockingly, driving at 80mph can use up to 25% more fuel than driving at 70mph – so don’t break the speed limit!

7) Buy the cheapest fuel

Petrol and diesel prices vary depending on where you live, the company selling and location of petrol station. It can be time consuming driving around to find the cheapest provider, so use a useful website like PetrolPrices.com to find the cheapest places to buy fuel in your area.

8) Keep it light

Extra weight increases fuel consumption, so try and remove anything from the car which is adding unnecessary weight, such as an unused roof rack.

9) Buy an eco-friendly car

If you are thinking about purchasing a new car, check out some eco-friendly options such as an electric or hybrid car. Not only will you save lots of money in the long run, you will also be helping the environment a lot!

10) Plan your journey

Getting lost wastes time, fuel and money. Plan your journey and find out the most economical routes to take before you set off. Purchase a sat nav or travel with a competent map reader to reduce any chances of spending unnecessary time and money on the road.

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