Take your foot off the pedal
One of the best things a driver can do to improve their fuel economy is to change the way they drive. Its exciting to drive fast with lots of breaking and accelerating but apart from the obvious dangers this brings with it, it is also uses a lot of fuel.
Try your best to change your driving habits, start breaking more gently and don’t leave it until the last second to slam the breaks on.
Change your oil filter regularly.
It is very important that you check your oil filter on a regular basis. This is easy enough to check.
The rule of thumb is, if it looks very dirty, change it. If you shop around you can usually find these quite reasonably priced, so it makes sense to replace them as soon as they start to look a bit clogged up. This is well worth the effort for what it costs and your engine will thank you for it.
Staying on the subject of oil, if your car is an older model, or if it has more than 120,000 kms on the clock, then it’s probably best to change your oil every 6,000 kms. Once your car is getting into the region of 160,000 plus, then there is mixtures available that you can add to the oil which can improve the efficiency.
However some people believe these oil additives can cause problems with various parts of the engine, so before you go down this road you should do some thorough research and look into the effect these additives may have on your particular engine before using it. Its better to be safe than sorry!
This isn’t always practical, but one of the greatest savings you can make is to combine a trip with friends or family whenever you can. For example if you drive to work and have a work friend that lives local or on the way to work then why not give them a lift. You can half the petrol costs, which over time should be a massive saving.
Get a newer car
No matter how much you’ve became attached to your old car sometimes its just a case of finally realising that your old faithful is just costing you too much to run, in fuel, parts and labour, and its times to buy a modern, fuel efficient vehicle.
When a car gets older it just doesn’t process its fuel as efficiently as a newer vehicle and this can become a costly affair. So if you’re hoping to use it on a daily basis its probably best to say your goodbyes and move on.
Buying a new car is usually a large expense which not everyone has the luxury of, but it is probably the best way of being more efficient with your fuel and you’ll make huge savings in the long run.