The cost of motoring is always changing with car insurance costs fluctuating and car tax on the rise again this year. Fuel is still one of the biggest expenditures for motorists in the UK, with costs rising over the course of last year.
Prices had risen for 12th consecutive months in 2018 before reducing again in the final months. In fact, prices of peter dropped 5p per litre for diesel and 2.5p for unleaded petrol.
Warranty Direct has calculated how drivers can make incredible savings on their fuel cost just by making a number of simple changes.
Its CEO Simon Ackers commented: “Our tips show there are lots of ways to reduce fuel consumption, both by using new technology and by modifying everyday driving habits.
“If eco-driving becomes the norm, it has potential to drastically decrease emissions, boost road safety and mean less wear and tear on your vehicle.”
1. Consistent cruise – £67.79 saving per year
Varying your car’s speed between 75 and 85 km per hour can increase fuel economy by as much as 20 per cent.
When you account for average annual mileage (5,104 miles) you could save around £67.79 each year just by adapting your driving style.
Keeping your car at a more consistent pace or using cruise control could save you cash.
2. Stick to the speed limits – £27.87 saving per year
If you travel over the speed limit you could be spending almost £30 more annually on fuel. Driving at 70 mph can use 25 per cent less fuel than on at 80 mph.
Motorways make up nearly a quarter of all roads in Britain, meaning if you maintain the correct speed could save you £27.87 per year.
3. Check your fuel consumption – £79.62 saving per year
Checking your fuel consumption can save you cash over time. It can save you a whopping £79.52 per year.
4. Drive in the correct gear – £78.22 saving per year
Driving in the correct gear in different road conditions can get you a lot more out of your engine. When an engine sounds like it is being to work too had you should change up.
Similarly, if it is struggling and making a lower sound then you should change down. While most new cars offer shift indicators, which tell the optimum time to shift up or down, older vehicles may not. Driving in the correct gear can save you a huge 15 per cent annually, around £78.22 per year.
5. Check your tyres – £15.64 saving per year
Driving on under-inflated tyres can increase your car’s fuel consumption by three per cent. It is expected to cost around £15.64 per year.
6. Streamline – £52.15 saving per year
Roof racks, can increase fuel consumption due to the added drag that these additions cause. Cars are designed in wind tunnels to make them aerodynamic which can help improve performance and fuel economy. Adding a bulky roof rack affects this and can see you pay more for your fuel annually.
It has been estimated to add increase fuel consumption by as much as 10 per cent and could cost you £53.15 per year.
7. Turn off air con at lower speeds – £30.11 saving per year
Air conditioning can increase fuel consumption if you’re using it while driving. At motorway speeds, this can be by around four per cent up to 10 per cent in stop-start traffic. It is estimated that turning your air con on while driving could cost you around £30.11 every year.
8. Don’t ‘warm up’ the engine – £10 minimum saving per year
Warming up your car’s engine on a cold morning could be needlessly costing you money each year. It is estimated that leaving it to idle on a cold morning could cost you a minimum of £10-£15 each year. Not only could it be costing you money but it could also cause your engine unnecessary wear.
Daily Express :: Cars Feed