How to save while driving
66. Keep your car tires at correct air pressure. Just read your car’s manual to see what the recommended tire pressure is, as this can improve your mileage. Tyres that are low on air pressure have greater rolling resistance. That means your car’s engine works harder, using more fuel.
67. Avoid Aggressive driving. Aggressive driving habits such as excessive speed, abrupt braking and heavy-footed acceleration will lead to higher fuel consumption and more emissions. Reckless driving also increases the likelihood of your being involved in an accident, which may cause your future car insurance premium to increase.
68. Use Cruise Control – when driving on open road. For long drives on the highway or in country areas, try using the cruise control setting; it will improve your fuel efficiency.
69. Remove excess weight from your motor vehicle Increase your fuel economy by removing any excess weight from your motor vehicle – a common culprit is a boot full of heavy tools and equipment that are never used.
Also remove any attachments such as heavy roof racks that are only needed occasionally; these can add significantly to the weight of your car as well as increasing wind resistance, further reducing your fuel economy.
70. When buying a car, consider late model used. These types of cars are often coming straight off of leases, meaning they were cared for by reliable owners. This is the same for business vehicles such as trucks.
71. Don’t speed. Not only is it inefficient in terms of fuel usage, as it is highly cost-efficient to just drive the speed limit. Driving to the speed limit reduces your risk of an accident and fine by the police.
72. Don’t talk on your mobile phone while driving. In addition to being very dangerous for you and others it is also incurs very expensive fines and loss of points on your licence.
Tomorrow we will look at Improving Your Health and Child’s Savings