Driving on a budget: How to save on fuel

January is that time of the year when everyone is thinking budget budget budget. So we’ve compiled a quick list of things that will help your vehicle be more fuel-efficient and in effect help you save!

Combine errands. If you plan your drive so that you hit all of your errands in one outing you’ll save on fuel.

Don’t drive in rush hour. Every time that you stop and start in traffic, your car needs first gear and a huge amount of fuel to get moving again.

Close the windows (and sunroof, if you’ve got one). Anything that makes wind noise while driving is actually making your car more expensive to run.

Remove the roof rack. Even if the roof rack is empty, it increases drag and makes your car use more fuel.

Don’t carry round unnecessary weight. Your car needs more fuel to move around extra weight.

Accelerate smoothly. If you’re a patient driver, you’ll have lower fuel bills – it’s as simple as that.

Don’t push the accelerator down too far. Pushing the accelerator down to avoid changing into a lower gear uses more fuel.

Turn the air-conditioning off. It uses quite a bit of fuel, so we’d advise you turn it off as much as possible.