Tip 1 – Its all in the air filter
As hard as it is to believe there are nearly one in four cars on the road that require a change of air filter. Getting a new air filter can and does make a massive difference to your car’s energy consumption. A brand new air filter can save you as much as 10% in gas mileage and with average mileage at around 10,000 miles, that is a hell of a lot of gas!
How much would 10% saving mean to you. Simple take your average monthly spend on fuel lets say ?200. Now minus 10% and you instantly have A?20 saving. Furthermore many filters will last throughout the life time of the car and let’s assume we get a new car say once every 6 years.
That’s ?20 X 12 months X 6 years = ?1440 total saving.
Amazing to think you can save this amount with just a simple change of your cars air filter!
Tip 2 – It’s all in the balancing
Having poorly aligned wheels can work against your pocket in two different ways. First of all it costs you money on replacement of tyres as the tyre wears unevenly and therefore the tire has to be replaced!
Secondly Imbalanced wheels also make the engine work harder and a harder working engine spells just one thing…more gas consumption!
It pays to get balanced.
Tip 3 – It’s all in the tuning
Ok so we all like a good tune to sing along to but how many of us understand the importance of tuning your car. A poorly tuned car can cost you in excess of 8% in additional fuel costs throughout the year.
Tip 4 – It’s all in the tyre pressure
It’s extremely common for car tyres to be under deflated and some by a considerable margin. Not only is it costing you excessive fuel consumption but its also very dangerous and such an easy thing to fix.
For every 7.5 pounds of under inflation it can be costing you as much as 2.5% in fuel consumption!,
Tip 5 – It’s all in the gas cap
What a statistic this is. As many as 17% of cars on the road are driving around without a gas cap or with a faulty gas cap. Not only does this have a poor kick back on the environment as harmful gas emissions escape this way, but it also costs you in the pocket. Any gas that escapes cost you money and is a preventable waste.
Tip 6 – It’s all in the speed
Slow down boy racer. By slowing down just 5 MPH you can cut your gas consumption by a considerable amount. Every 5 MPH reduction can save you as much as 7% in your gas consumption.
Tip 7 – It’s all in the driving
Well we’ve all seen them racing up and from the traffic lights. Weaving in and out of traffic and speeding and jerking their car around like their racing a go cart. Well more fool them. Erratic driving patterns can cost you very dearly and can have a massive impact on your fuel consumption.
Lousy driving can cost you as much as one third of your fuel consumption so do yourself a favour, slow down.
Tip 8 – It’s all in the braking
Heavy footed breaking can cost you as much as 35% in gas consumption and it will also cost you money at the repair shop.
Tip 9 – It’s all in the weight
Overload the at and your just throwing money away. How many of us drive around with excess baggage stored up in our boots without ever questioning what this is costing us? All that baggage in the boot can cost you between 1% & 2% for every 100 pounds of excess weight you carry around with you.
Tip 10 – It’s all in the idling
Turn it off should be your motto as idle engines cost money to run. If stopped for more than 30 seconds then aim to turn off your engine as its not needed to keep it running at idle speeds.
So there you have it. 10 tips to help you save gas and save money!
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