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Saving on Fuel

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Ruth Brown
Ruth Brown

Even though the price of petrol has lowered slightly with the ‘credit crunch’ – we all know that eventually the only way is up.  Here are some common sense ways to save fuel for you car.

My brother-in-law is a mechanic, a damn good one actually, so when it comes to cars he’s always my go-to man.  When I asked him about saving money on running them he said quite simply:

  • Get your car serviced regularly.  Don’t wait until something goes wrong to seek help.  If you do this, you may never have to seek help in the first place and end up with those “unexpected” big bills.
  • Check your tyre pressure.  Whenever you put fuel in the car, check whether you need to put air in the tyres – this can drastically affect your fuel consumption.
  • Don’t carry unnecessary cargo.  The more weight you have in the car, the more fuel your car consumes.  Yes, carrying the golf clubs,  the vacuum cleaner you meant to drop into the repair shop a week a go, leaving the fold up chairs you took to your picnic – they all add weight and should be removed.

These were all things I had heard before – but it’s amazing the amount of people who don’t do them.  Although I always have the car serviced on time, I am indeed often guilty of the other two.  Again it comes down to taking a little time and being mindful.

The other good fuel-saving tip is:

  • Make every trip count.  Don’t go to the shops for just one thing (or don’t go in the car, anyway).  If you can, wait until there are several errands that can be dealt with in the one trip. Perhaps the best tip would be to save up for a new hydrogen powered electric car, so you’ll never have to plug it in at night and never have to worry about buying petrol or creating pollution ever again!   One day hey?

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