Amid the battle of increasing motoring costs, drivers are being forced to be increasingly savvy behind the wheel to ensure their fuel goes further. With the cost of petrol and diesel on the rise it is important to be pro-active and look for alternative measures to keep more money in your back pocket.
Here are just a few ideas for you to consider when looking to preserve your fuel consumption and reduce the number of times you have to visit the fuel pumps.
Keep your tires inflated
The last thing you want to do is drive around on under-inflated tyres. Not only do they wear out significantly faster than tyres at the correct pressure, it causes your car’s fuel economy to drop by as much as 15 per cent. Tyres with lower pressure have more resistance on the road so the engine therefore has to work harder to keep a vehicle at a certain speed.
Replace engine air filters
When your car’s engine fills with dirt and dust picked up from the motorways it therefore causes your engine to work harder and use more fuel. In fact you can improve your mileage by up to 10 per cent by replacing your air filters every three months or 3,000 miles.
Reduce your speed
You can preserve your fuel simply by driving slower too. There is a significant difference between driving at 80mph and 70mph on motorways. It is possible to save up to 10 per cent of your fuel tank by slowing down just 10mph. If you have cruise control in your car you should use it as often as possible on clear motorways and you can save even more. By driving more responsibly you will also reduce the threat of car accidents and having to take a trip to a car recycling compound.
Cut your use of air conditioning
Did you know that your car uses fuel to power your air conditioning system? Instead if it is cool enough, use the flow-through ventilation instead of rolling down the windows or using the AC.
It may be possible to reduce your mileage by working from home and telecommuting. Many employers now offer telecommuting as an option, with the ability to use computers and telephones to replace car journeys for business trips wherever possible.
Short of telling friends and family “I’m going to sell my car for a newer, more economical model”, by following these practices you can keep away from those service stations for longer.
This article is written on behalf of ASM Auto Recycling. Established for over 20 years, ASM is widely regarded as one of the UK’s most modern and professional vehicle salvage agents and parts recyclers.