Driving a car is one of the most expensive activities we do – second only to buying a house. With this in mind, there are a few adjustments you can make to your car and your driving skills that can give your personal finances a boost. We’re going to take a look at some simple tips for getting more from your fuel, and spend less on your car, to save you money. Let’s have a closer look.
Your first port of call should be to give your car a regular service – at least once a year, perhaps more for older cars. This will spot minor problems and enable you to fix them before they become expensive. It will also give your vehicle the tuning it needs to work at its best and be as efficient as possible.
Check your tyres
Tyre pressure has a big impact on your fuel economy when you drive. So, check your owner’s manual and make sure your tyres are inflated to the optimal level. You might also want to think about upgrading your tyres. A set of these Vredestein Quatrac 5 tyres, for example, are worth thinking about. They will help you drive more efficiently, they wear out slower, and are suitable for all seasons.
Use your garage
If you have a garage, make sure you use it. Not only will it lower your insurance payments but it will also give you space to keep items that weigh down your vehicle. Roof boxes and bars, bikes, junk that you keep in the boot – it all weighs your car down. So, having somewhere to store it all will help you reduce the weight of your vehicle and improve your fuel efficiency.
Get a map
The better you know the roads you are travelling, the more money you will save. An astonishing amount of money is wasted every year by drivers who get lost or choose a longer route. Using a map and planning your journey well will help you save money on every trip you make. Make sure you keep updating your GPS system, too. If there are new roads or changes to the highway network, your GPS won’t know without an upgrade.
Drive more efficiently
Make sure you drive in as efficient manner as possible. Keep your revs down to a minimum – ideally around 2,000-2,500 RPM. Also, think about the way that you use your brakes. Hard, fast braking just burns up fuel and is another big waste of money. Keep your eyes on the road ahead and you will make better, more efficient reactions to your environment. A red light doesn’t turn green any quicker when you speed up to it, so take your time and let your car slow in a natural way.
Ask your insurance company if they will supply you with a telematics tracker. It will give you feedback on your driving and help you use your car efficiently. Not only that, of course, but it should lower your insurance premiums, too.
Do you have any money saving car tips? Let us know about them in the comments section below!