Motoring in a time of austerity – how to cut costs and save money

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Owning and running a car has become increasingly difficult in recent years, as the grip of the economic downturn has tightened evermore. This is thanks to the state of the economy throughout the world, unfortunately, which means that things are unlikely to change anytime soon.

This is why it is now more important than ever to look into ways in which you can save as much money as possible on your motoring habits. If you find that you have started to spend more money than usual on your car, you should take a look on line now to find out if there are any ways that you could prevent this from happening.

To save you time though, we have detailed below some of the best hints and tips for motoring in these tough economic times. Take a look at our ideas to see if you can find anything of use, and please feel free to let us know if we have missed anything!

 

1)      Keep your tyres pumped up

If you sometimes forget to pump up your tyres when at the service station, now is the time to change this habit. Tyres that are under inflated can reduce the rolling resistance of your vehicle, which can lead to more petrol being consumed when driving. Take a look at your car’s manual to find out exactly what your tyre pressure ought to be.

 

2)      Service your car regularly

It might seem like unnecessary expenditure, but by getting your car serviced the recommended number of times a year, you can actually prevent nasty faults from occurring. Your mechanic will be able to catch any issues within the inner workings of your car early on, stopping expensive repairs from needing to take place.

 

3)      Shed those extra pounds

Carrying around extra weight within your vehicle can greatly increase the amount of petrol that you use. So, get rid of any and all unnecessary items that you keep in your car. You might think it won’t make a difference, but even the smallest of changes can have an effect.

 

4)      Streamline your car

Do you drive around town with your roof rack still attached to your car even when you don’t have anything on it? This can increase the drag on your vehicle which, again, can cause fuel to be unnecessarily used. Only use your roof rack or bicycle rack when it’s actually required.

 

5)      Think about your driving habits

Do you have a tendency to drive over the speed limit? Do you take multiple journeys in one day when all of your errands could actually be fitted into one? Do you like to keep the air conditioning running all the time? By assessing your driving habits you can find out how you can become a more conscientious driver, thereby saving yourself money and helping the planet all in one go.

 

6)      Swap your vehicle

And, last but not least, actually changing the vehicle that you drive could help to save you a lot of money in the long run. You could switch to a more eco-friendly or green car, or you could simply choose one that costs less to insure. Either way, if you have the money available, this could be a great moneysaving option.

 

How do you think you could save money when driving?

 

Author Bio

Post contributed by Lauren Belfield. Lauren is a graduate from the University of Manchester & a self-confessed petrol head. Having held several jobs in the motoring industry she now works as a full-time writer. She is also an avid Renault Cars fan.

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