As petrol and diesel prices soar this month, motorists will be desperate for the best ways to cut costs. According to the RAC, petrol will reach a record 152/L, as will diesel at 155p/L.
MyLondon has therefore compiled a list of the best ways to make driving more affordable despite price hikes, according to Money Saving Expert. The first is to make sure your tires are fully inflated. This is because deflated tires cause cars to drag, which consumes more fuel while you drive. If your tires are properly inflated, they won’t require as much fuel when you step on the accelerator.
Clean your car too! The lighter a car is, the less fuel it takes to run it. Remove all debris from the trunk and/or rear seats and you should see and feel smoother operation. It won’t make a colossal difference – but with price hikes of this ilk, beggars can’t choose.
Take down your roof rack. Even when not in use, it causes the car to drag via wind resistance which in turn consumes more fuel. Having windows open and flags drags it too!
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Keep your use of air conditioning to a minimum. It requires engine power and requires more fuel. To put it generally, it is more energy efficient to drive with the windows down and the air conditioning off at low speeds. But if you drive fast, use the air conditioning with the windows closed.
Do not fill your tank to the brim when you are at a gas station. The liquid is heavy and weighs down the car. Ironically, the less fuel the car has, the more efficiently it drives. Basically, every time you fill up, hit half or three quarters for a more efficient ride.
Try not to use cruise control. It really only works on flat roads because it allows you to maintain a constant speed and avoid unnecessary acceleration. But many roads – especially in London – aren’t flat, so you might end up using more fuel as cruise control is slow to react to gradients.
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