There are some easy ways to save yourself some money, which are well worth sharing. While fuel prices are higher, it's timely to see where you can save a bit of money on motoring and become more environmentally friendly at the same time. So here are some top Thame tips on how to get the most mileage out of your tank.
It's no secret that in the long run, a poorly maintained car costs more to keep on the road than one that has been well looked after. This is especially true when it comes to daily running costs. A well serviced engine with clean oil and filters will burn fuel more cleanly and efficiently, and seemingly simple things such as a binding brake pad, a worn wheel bearing or a low tyre pressure could have a surprisingly big impact on your fuel economy. If you notice a decline in your fuel economy, whether sudden or over time, it might be worth a call to the dealership for a check-up. For these reasons it's important to get your car serviced on time, and regularly check your tyre pressures. If your pressures are too low, it will increase friction and end up costing you more in fuel... and tyres too.
Small changes to your driving habits could have a big benefit to your fuel consumption. If you look carefully at your driving style, you'll find that by operating the steering, brakes and accelerator gently and smoothly rather than harshly and suddenly, you will use less fuel and make the tank go further. Planning ahead will have you achieve this... avoid accelerating hard when you approach a roundabout. If your car has a start/stop feature, use it as often as you can. Modern cars can start on very little fuel, so even having your engine off for a few seconds in traffic can save fuel... and help the environment.
Take the opportunity to save weight where you can, by getting rid of excess junk in your car. Many of us drive everywhere with a boot full of stuff that we simply couldn't be bothered to empty out, but this could in fact be weighing your car down, hauling all this useless stuff around is going to cost more in fuel. So, take a few minutes to clear out anything you don't need. I'd recommend keeping your spare wheel if you've got one - it might be heavy and cumbersome, but you never know when you might need it!
Some cars come with space savers which save space, they also use less fuel as the lighter the car the less fuel you burn. Additionally, some cars have inflation kits or have run flat tyres, the tyre's sidewalls are heavily reinforced to support the vehicle when the air pressure is low or even when the tyre has lost all its pressure.
Also, avoid filling your car to the brim, if you don't need to - a full tank of fuel is twice as heavy as half a tank of fuel!
Car manufacturers spend fortunes developing modern cars to be as aerodynamically efficient as possible, so they glide along causing as little drag as they can. Drag is where the flow of air over and around your car gets obstructed, making it more difficult for your car to keep moving forwards. The rule is that the more drag there is, the harder your engine must work to keep you at the right speed, and the more fuel you'll use doing it. So, things such as roof racks, roof boxes, open windows or an open sunroof all increase drag and make your car less fuel efficient. If you don't need your roof rack or roof box for the time being, take the effort to remove it from the car to save weight and drag. Modern air conditioning systems are very efficient, so if you're opening your windows instead of using the air con, swap over to air con and you should see an improvement in your fuel economy. If your air con isn't running cool, book it in for a service before summer.
The Wrong Car?
If your circumstances change and you suddenly find yourself doing a lot more or fewer miles, it might be worth considering whether you need to change your car. Modern petrol cars are almost as fuel efficient as Diesels, and petrol is currently cheaper, so if your mileage has reduced it might be worth swapping from Diesel to petrol. At Thame Cars we often see people looking to change their car when their circumstances change, so we're happy to help advise on possible choices.
When it comes to saving fuel, it can start with making small changes to get small but noticeable results. But depending on your needs and your drive to make savings, you could go as far as lift sharing with friends or colleagues, or even changing your car for a more fuel-efficient model. At Thame Cars we have a large range of fuel efficient cars, so if you'd like to learn more about saving fuel, feel free to pop in and see us.