How to Save Money on Petrol
The cost of petrol sets each driver back an average of Â£1300 each year according to a recent survey by the RAC. With the economy getting tougher and these petrol costs rising even higher, ways in which British drivers can save money are invaluable to us all. Fortunately there are a variety of ways in which this can be done. Â
Need for Speed?
If you want to avoid having to take out a payday loan to cover the cost of your petrol, you might want to start by fixing up on the speed of your driving. Unsurprisingly the speeds at which we drive at have an impact on our petrol usage.
However, saving petrol through controlling your driving speeds doesn’t necessarily entail driving slowly more of the time. There is little petrol difference between a driver of around 40mph with one of 30mph, or one at 50mph to one at 60mph. Instead the need for less speed becomes apparent when your car hits levels above 75mph. It is when this happens that your car really eats up its fuel.
The reason is simple; at very high speeds your engine will rev higher and as a result no longer be in the economical 2,000 to 2,500rpm band. It will thus be forced to work much harder to run and as a result drink way more petrol than normal.
Figures from our Department for Transport back this understanding with conclusions that driving at 70mph uses up to a significant 15 percent more than at 50mph. In addition, driving at 80mph can use as much as 25 percent more petrol than at 70mph.
Control your speeds to prevent yourself from going too fast.
Go Easy on the Revving
Never let the rev count go too high before changing gear. Letting your revs top 2,500 and 2,000 per minute on a petrol and diesel car respectively labours the engine in too high and therefore increases fuel consumption.
Handle Speed Bumps Correctly
One costly mistake constantly made by British drivers concerns speed bumps. Rather than driving along speed-humped roads at a steady 15-20mph, many of us brake hard, accelerate and then brake hard again for the next speed bump, drinking loads of petrol in the meantime.
Easy on the Air Con
While the effects are less noticeable at higher speeds, air conditioning can add between 5 percent and 7 percent in fuel costs when driving at low speeds. Crack the window open instead if you want to feel cooler but also save money on petrol.