These days we could all stand to save some money on our cars. The following is a guest post containing a list of suggestions that’s valid for anyone that drives anywhere. This content was provided by the UK-based company, Passsmart.com.
A car is an expensive commitment, and one which you’re going to want to make sure you get right. Not only will you have to shell out for the car, the insurance, and the fuel, but you’ll also have to pay to maintain it. There are, however, a few things you can do to make sure your money goes further. From adapting your driving style to checking under the bonnet regularly, this guide from PassSmart will keep your bank manager, your family and, of course, you, happy!
Adapt your driving style
Changing the way you drive is one of the most effective ways to save money on fuel. Cut out sharp braking and harsh acceleration in order to conserve fuel and minimize your carbon footprint. You should always try to take the most efficient route, but remember, driving on the highway consumes more fuel, so the shortest route doesn’t always make it the most efficient.
Lose the excess baggage
Driving around with excess baggage in the trunk will also eat into your fuel tank. Make sure you’re only carrying the things that you need with you, and lose anything you don’t need to have in the car. Kids bags, toys and clothes are all things which are very easy to chuck in the back and forget about, but having a clear out could save you some bucks.
You should also take any roof and bike racks off if you’re not using them, as they add a significant weight to your vehicle, even when empty.
Check under your bonnet
It may seem like a pretty tedious job, but you should make sure you keep an eye on what’s going on under the bonnet. Keep your oil and liquids topped up as this will ensure you keep your engine healthy.
You should also make sure you get your vehicle serviced at least once a year. Although this may seem like an unwelcome and unnecessary expense, maintaining your vehicle can ensure you’re not confronted with a hefty repair bill.
Tyres are another necessary expense when it comes to cars. Driving on under-inflated tyres or tyres with not enough tread can be both costly and dangerous. Your fuel efficiency will be significantly reduced and your road handling will be very poor.
If you drive in a money saving way, however, with no harsh acceleration and with gentle braking, your tyres should last a lot longer.
Spend to save
When it comes to buying a family car, there are a lot of things to consider. Although you might be tempted by low prices, it’s often a good idea to make sure you spend a little more to get a long-lasting quality vehicle.
Buy from a reputable car manufacturer, like Ford, so there’ll be less chance of something going wrong in the long term.
Use your legs!
Of course, the most effective way to save money on fuel is to not use the car! Obviously this is not always possible, but, whenever you can, get active as a family. Go walking or on a bike ride – whatever you want to do, as long as it doesn’t involve driving!