How to Save Money
at the Petrol Pump


Use our 11 Fuel Saving Hacks

The cost of fuel can quickly add up. Whether you're driving a sports car or an SUV, frequent trips to the petrol pump can always a painful experience. Our  11 fuel economy hacks will help you stretch your mileage, save money, and reduce your carbon footprint along the way.

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The Quest for Fuel Efficiency

When you save money on petrol and diesel and increase your fuel efficiency, you also reduce your environmental impact. Each litre of fuel burned produces carbon dioxide and other harmful emissions, so by driving more efficiently, you can do your part to reduce pollution and help make our roads greener.


1. Keep Your Vehicle in Tip-Top Shape

You can’t discuss fuel efficiency without talking about vehicle maintenance. Think of your car as an athlete – to perform at its best, it needs proper care. Regular maintenance, such as oil changes, air filter replacements and replacement tyres, can keep your engine running smoothly, consuming less fuel with fewer emissions.


2. Correctly Inflated Tyres

FACT: Maintaining the correct tyre pressure is one of the easiest and most effective ways to boost your car’s fuel efficiency. Underinflated tyres grip to road and create more rolling resistance, making your engine work harder and burn more fuel. Be sure to check your tyre pressure at least once a month and before long trips. The recommended tyre pressure can usually be found on a sticker inside the driver's side door jamb or in your vehicle's owner's manual.


3. Lighten the Load

Are you ready to declutter your car’s boot to remove all those unnecessary items? From sports equipment to strollers, carrying around that extra weight can significantly reduce your fuel efficiency and improve your safety stopping distance too.


4. Smooth Driving

Aggressive driving, with rapid acceleration and sudden braking, is a guaranteed way to waste fuel. Be mindful of your driving habits and aim for smoother acceleration and braking. Ease into the accelerator pedal and anticipate your distance and stops to reduce the need for slamming on the brakes. Not only will your fuel efficiency improve, but your passengers will also appreciate the gentler ride.


5. Maintain a Consistent Speed

Frequent speeding up and slowing down on the motorway can also wreak havoc on your fuel efficiency. Try to maintain a consistent speed of around 60 to 70mph, especially on long journeys. Cruise control can also be your best friend as it helps keep your speed steady and reduce fuel consumption.


6. Reduce Idling

Letting your car idle for extended periods is a common, yet unnecessary, waste of fuel. If you anticipate being parked for more than a minute, it's far more fuel-efficient to turn off your engine and restart it when you're ready to go. Modern engines are designed to be fuel-efficient during start-up, so you won't waste fuel by turning your engine on and off.


7. Choose the Right Fuel

Not all fuels are created equal, and using the correct type for your vehicle can make a difference in efficiency. Although most car engines are designed to run fine on economy fuel, switching to a premium petrol or diesel every few weeks can help maintain your car’s engine. Also, don’t wait until you’re fuel tank is running near empty, as mineral deposits can lead to poor engine performance.


8. Plan Your Trips Wisely

Combine shopping and plan your trips efficiently to minimise the number of short journeys. Cold starts and frequent stops can be particularly hard on your vehicle's fuel efficiency. By consolidating your trips and reducing the number of cold starts, you can make the most of every litre.


9. Use Air Conditioning Sparingly

While the air conditioning can be a lifesaver on a hot summer day, it's a well-known fuel guzzler. To maximise your fuel efficiency, use air conditioning sparingly and opt for natural ventilation when possible. If you're driving at lower speeds or in moderate weather, rolling down the windows can keep you comfortable without increasing your fuel consumption.


10. Embrace Modern Technology

Modern vehicles are equipped with advanced technologies that can help you drive more efficiently. Features like adaptive cruise control, stop-start systems, and hybrid engines are designed to maximise fuel efficiency. When shopping for a new car, consider these technological advancements to help save money at the petrol pump.


11. Buy an Electric or Hybrid Vehicles

If you're truly dedicated to reducing your carbon footprint and saving money in the long run, consider exploring alternative fuel options. Electric and hybrid vehicles are becoming increasingly popular. While the initial investment may be higher, the long-term savings on fuel and maintenance can be substantial. Additionally, Electric cars produce zero emissions, making them an eco-friendly choice and exempt from UK congestion charges.


Happy driving, and Happy Saving!

Webuyurcar’s car buying advisors use these proven fuel efficiency tips daily. So, the next time you jump into your car, remember these tips and watch your fuel efficiency soar while your petrol bills plummet. Happy driving, and happy saving!


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Article posted on: 12 January 2024. Author: Ken

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