The cost of having to regularly pay for fuel is probably one of the most annoying things about being a driver. If it's time to choose a new car, you can choose one that makes the most of its fuel. However, if you're midway through a lease, it's down to you to improve your fuel efficiency. The good news is that there's a few ways you can reduce how much you have to pay and improve your car's practicality.
How to save fuel – some tips and tricks
Here are simple steps you can take to improve your fuel efficiency and get the most from your lease car.
Tip #1 — Don’t be slap happy with the revs
Pay attention to how many revs you use to change gear and you could save a lot of money when it comes to fuel. Unless you’re trying to act like a 19-year-old boy racer, you don’t need to wait until your engine is screeching, and the car is vibrating like a demonic Furby, until you change gear. Listening to your engine is a surprisingly useful way to drive sensibly, so be precise with the amount of revs you use.
Tip #2 — Ditch the air con
Air conditioning systems actually use a surprising amount of fuel to keep your car cool – some estimate it can increase fuel consumption by around 10%, if you’re using it regularly for short journeys. It won’t increase your bill massively, but 10% every month to your fuel costs soon adds up so it pays to be economical with the air con.
Tip #3 — Drive slower and think ahead
When I say ‘drive slower’, I don’t mean drive like a grandma under the influence of tranquillisers. I mean, just drive a wee bit less fast. Tearing up the road at 70mph everywhere is likely to burn a hole in your wallet in terms of fuel costs. 55mpg is generally held to be the most efficient driving speed that will make the most of your fuel.
Tip #4 — Keep your tyres in good condition
Tyres are really important when it comes to fuel economy. Most parts of a tyre have an impact on its aerodynamics, and thus, overall fuel efficiency. Deflated tyres affect the rolling resistance of your car, making it heavier to pull and causing the engine to use more fuel. Keeping your tyres inflated at the right psi will make sure that you aren’t using more fuel than you need.
Tip #5 — Don’t drive with heavy loads
Heavy loads will obviously cause your car to have to work harder to propel itself forward, using more fuel in the process.
Maybe clear the set of golf clubs, the old fridge and the dumbbells from the back of the car before going on any long journeys, if you’re serious about saving money on fuel costs?