How to Save Money on Petrol

No matter where you live or what car you drive, you'll have noticed that it costs a lot more to fill up your tank these days than it did in the past. Rising costs are one thing, but when the price of petrol goes up as high as it has recently, it makes sense to try and save fuel wherever you can.

With that in mind, we've collated some tips and hints on how you can get the most out of every tank you buy.

Limit your speed to 60 MPH

This is the top speed you should travel at if you want to gain the maximum fuel efficiency from your car. When you are travelling at slower speeds than this, make sure you drive consistently if you can. Don't drive fast and then brake sharply as you pull up behind another car. Not only is it dangerous, it'll burn more fuel as well.

Don't get lost if you can help it!

We all get lost from time to time. But you can go miles out of your way and burn far more fuel if you don't know where you're going. Never set out to go anywhere you haven't been before until you have a map or a set of directions to follow. Nowadays Sat Nav systems are relatively inexpensive and are a sound investment.

Leave the car at home when it comes to short journeys

Lots of us are so used to using our cars that we climb in them to do even the shortest journeys. Try leaving the car at home the next time you go into town. You'll benefit from the extra exercise as well as enjoying the fresh air. You'll still use your car a lot, but you'll notice you don't have to fill it up quite as often.

Is your car in good condition?

There are some things you can do yourself to maintain your car, such as checking your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure. If they're too soft you'll use more petrol to get to where you're going.

If you can, make sure you get your car serviced according to the manufacturer's instructions. It'll ensure that everything is working at its optimum performance, making the car more efficient all round.

Do you really need that air conditioning?

If the car you have at the moment is the first one you've ever had that's got air conditioning, you'd be forgiven for wanting to use it at every available opportunity. But it burns fuel, especially if you're going slowly.

Try opening the windows instead of using the air con all the time. The only time it is worth using it instead of opening the windows is when you're on the motorway and you're going over 60 MPH.

But don't be tempted to coast

Some tips on saving fuel used to be all the rage, but they're no longer regarded in the same way. The most familiar of these is coasting. This is where you take your car out of gear and let it roll downhill. However this is a big no-no nowadays.

Firstly you'll relinquish proper control of your car. If you're involved in an accident it'll almost certainly be your fault because you weren't driving properly. Secondly modern cars don't really save much fuel in this way now anyway, so it's really not worth doing any more.

Have we missed any useful tips for saving petrol that you know about? Share them with us below!

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