Tips for Saving on Car Expenses

10 Simple Tips for Motorists to Save £934 on Fuel Costs (in 2019)!

Posted on 15th May 2019

The cost of driving always seems to be going up, with car tax and car insurance on the rise.

Fuel is still one of the most significant expenditures for motorists in the UK, despite prices being frozen for the ninth year in a row.

Drivers can save hundreds of pounds on fuel by making small changes when it comes to their driving, and it is not as difficult as you might think.

In fact, saving money on fuel has never been easier!

Peachy has calculated how drivers can make incredible savings on their fuel cost by merely making simple changes to the way you drive.

Here are ten simple tips to help you save hundreds of pounds each year.

1. Modifying car speeds

Modifying a car’s speed between 45 and 55 miles per hour will increase fuel economy by as much as 25%.

If you account for average annual mileage (5,104 miles), then, drivers could save around £68 each year merely by adapting their driving style.

Keeping a car using cruise control, or even at a more consistent pace, will save motorists fuel and subsequently cash.

 £68 average savings per year

2. Checking a car’s fuel consumption

By checking a car’s fuel consumption, motorists can gauge how much fuel the car needs run on and in the process save themselves £80 a year.

 £80 average savings per year

3. Driving using the correct gear

Driving using the correct gear in varying road conditions can get the maximum out of your engine. Should your car engine sounds like it is working too hard then this is a signal to change the gear up.

Similarly, if motorists notice the car is struggling and making a lower sound, then they should obviously change down a few gears. Whilst most new cars offer shift indicators that tell the optimum time to shift down or up, older vehicles don’t necessarily have this. Driving in the correct gear then can save motorists a whopping 15 per cent annually, around £79 per year!

 £79 average savings per year

4. Checking a car’s tyres

Driving on under-inflated tyres increases your car’s fuel consumption by three per cent. Three per cent does not sound a great deal yet it is still around £15 a year so get them checked as soon as possible!

 £15 average savings per year

5. Stick to the correct speed limits

Travelling over the speed limit is not only legally and morally wrong; it is financially costly too. Drivers who drive at 70 miles per hour rather than at 80 for example, will notice a 25% fuel usage reduction.

With motorways making up nearly 25% of all roads in Britain; drivers using them and remaining at the correct speed can save £28 each year.

 £28 average savings per year

6. Streamline the car’s weight and aerodynamics

Roof racks, caravans, bike racks will increase fuel consumption due to the added drag that these additions cause to the car. Vehicles are invented in wind tunnels to make them more aerodynamic that helps improve both fuel economy and performance.

Adding significant additions to the car impacts the aerodynamics meaning the car must drive harder to achieve the same speed and performance, thus paying more for fuel on an annual basis, estimating as much as ten per cent on fuel consumption alone.

 £52 average savings per year

7. Turn off the air conditioning at lower speeds

Air conditioning increases fuel consumption if motorists use it whilst driving. At motorway speeds, this can vary between four and ten per cent in stop-start traffic. Avoiding turning on air conditioning whilst driving could save motorists around £30 each year.

 £30 average savings per year

8. Warming up the engine

Warming up a car’s engine on a cold morning is a surefire way to increase fuel consumption each year needlessly. Leaving a car idle in your driveway on a cold morning can cost a minimum of £10-£15 each year, not to mention causing any further unnecessary engine wear. So before you think about turning that ignition on, think how much the turn of the key will cost.

 £10 minimum saving per year

9. Shop around for fuel

According to the Money Advice Service saving only 5p a litre on the price of diesel or petrol can save £100 a year for the average motorist.

Fuel prices at the pump fluctuate around the country, and there are different forecourts with varying prices even in the same town – so it certainly pays to find the cheapest in your area.

Motorway fuel stations are the most costly, so before a long journey, fill up prior to leaving.

 £100 average savings per year

10. Getting the right car maintenance

The average maintenance cost on a used car is £472 a year. However, through regular upkeep, motorists may be able to reduce these costs and keep their vehicle on the road for additional miles too.

  • Check fluids – keeping coolant, brake, power steering and transmission fluids topped up is crucial to extended engine life and safety.
  • Changing the oil every 5,000 miles or every six months, whichever comes first improves efficiency and protects the engine wear.
  • Changing the filters is a quick fix that prolongs engine life, increases efficiency and reduces emissions.

 £472 average savings per year

Conclusion

Keeping a car on the road costs motorists thousands of pounds each year!

Along with safety and reliability, any additional expense plays an important role when a driver decides on what car to buy.

However, with these ten essential car driving and maintenance tips, motorists will be able to save hundreds of pounds each no matter what car they drive.

 Total savings: £934 per year

Do you have any tips to share on how to save money on fuel costs?

Let me know by leaving a comment below. I’d love to hear them!

Author: Katre Kaarenperk-vanatoa

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