Reducing the Cost of Motoring
invaluable tips to help you save money
The cost of running a car has hit all-time highs in recent years. The reasons? Fuel prices have climbed to a record level; road tax for high-emissions cars has also risen; insurance and garage bills are up; even parking now costs about 40% more than it did just seven years ago.
So what are the options for those of us not tempted by overpriced train tickets and irregular bus services? Well, in this article we have put together some money-saving tips and tricks for you, from cutting fuel costs to getting the cheapest insurance possible.
Cutting your fuel consumption
It is surprisingly easy to reduce your fuel consumption:
- Avoiding sudden acceleration and braking will make the most difference - try to retain a steady speed.
- Check your tyre pressure as underinflated tyres can increase fuel consumption by up to 3%.
- Get rid of the excess weight in the boot - it costs petrol.
- Tune your car. A well tuned car will use fuel more efficiently. Spend a little time getting your engine running at its best and you'll save pounds in wasted fuel.
Refueling for less
You may already be aware of www.petrolprices.com, a great website where can compare diesel and petrol prices on forecourts in your area. You simply Enter your postcode and the site will find the cheapest fuel prices within a 10-mile radius.
It is also worth keeping an eye out for 24 hour unmanned petrol stations. These let you pay by card at the pump, and since they do not have the overheads incurred through running a shop and employing staff, the fuel prices are often much lower.
It always pays to shop around for your insurance. Price comparison websites make this a relatively easy task. An immobiliser or battery cut off switch is a wise investment if your car doesn't have one as they can knock £££’s of your insurance costs and easily pay for themselves over the years.