Unless you start walking or cycling everywhere, you can’t really avoid the constantly rising cost of fuel. With this in mind, it’s easy to see why many people rush to buy more fuel-efficient cars. But this isn’t always necessary.
You’ve probably heard this many times before, but we feel it necessary to remind you to check your tyre pressure often. Driving with under-inflated tyres burns more fuel.
Next time you’re at the petrol station, make sure the attendant keeps the hose in the tank until after the pump shuts off and ask them to pour all the fuel out of the nozzle too. You can lose up to a ¼ of a cup of fuel if this is not done. Basically, you’re losing fuel you paid for.
Try and drive as smoothly as possible. This means that you should avoid heavy revving and hard braking. This will not only reduce your fuel consumption, but lead to less wear and tear of your car as well.
Instead of making several short trips, try combining all your errands into one. If you have to fetch the kids, do grocery shopping, visit the post office, etc., try doing this together so you don’t drive to your house and back every time. Less driving = less fuel used.
Try and avoid rough roads and potholes. We know, we know – this is nearly impossible today, but driving on smooth roads does help you to save some fuel.
These are just a few fuel saving techniques that will help make your current car more efficient so you don’t have to spend money investing in a new one. There are many other things you can try. Do your research and decide what works for you – it’s better for your pocket and the environment at the end of the day.