How do I save money on car running costs?

How do I save money on car running costs?

As petrol prices increase, we’ve put together some money saving tips to help car drivers have fuller wallets.

Keeping a car on the road doesn’t always have to be expensive. Although things like MOTs, insurance and fuel all add up, we have a few ways to make the total come to a little bit less.

How to cut car costs

Driving Style
When driving, do you ever find yourself pulling away quickly, braking hard and giving the accelerator pedal a constant work out?  Did you know they all use up more fuel and will have you spending more time at your local petrol station. Try not to accelerate and break suddenly, instead speed up and slow down gradually. You don’t have to race to that red light; if it goes green while you’re rolling to a stop it will cost you less than if you have to start from standing. When you’re on the motorway or dual carriageway, pick a speed and stick to it while moving the accelerator as little as possible – it should see you go further between refills- and help the environment too!

Deal or no deal
Keep a look out for vouchers or deals for routine trips to the garage like MOTs, tyre changes and services. You could keep a few extra notes in your pocket each time.

Sharing is caring
You can get back a lot of what you spend on petrol by carpooling, otherwise known as car sharing. There are several websites that match people driving from A to B with someone who is willing to pay money to get a lift from A to B. Plus, some cities have roads with two-plus lanes which are only open to cars carrying two or more people.

Pass Plus
It’s been around for years, but people seem to forget you can usually get a reduction on your car insurance if you’ve got the Pass Plus driving course under your belt. It’s an added type of driving tuition that’s available to people who’ve already passed the standard test. You learn about things like driving in bad weather and the idea is you become a better driver as a result, which is why it gives insurers more confidence in quoting you less. It costs money to take the course, but you’ll benefit from years of lower insurance premiums because of it.

Fuel Your Efficiency

There are easy ways to get more miles out of your fuel tank. If there’s anything inside your car you don’t need, take it out. The weight will be causing you to use more fuel. Keeping your tyres properly inflated will also give you more miles. Also, if your car’s dashboard can show your current miles per gallon, use it. This can help you judge how fuel-efficient your driving is.

Pay As You Go
If car insurance companies think you’re a high-risk and quote you a large amount of money, or you don’t use your wheels a lot, it might be an idea to look into pay as you go insurance. It involves working out how much you actually drive with the help of a device placed in your car, then charging you based on that information. It can work out cheaper for some drivers who don’t drive far or don’t get behind the wheel much at peak times, because in theory, they should be less likely to be involved in an accident.

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