5 ways to reduce your fuel bill

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Posted by EuroMechanica | News | September 21, 2018

Cheap fuel prices are a thing of the past and your car’s fuel consumption is getting worse… making you dread the next trip to the servo.

5 ways to reduce your fuel bill

Cheap fuel prices are a thing of the past and your car’s fuel consumption is getting worse… making you dread the next trip to the servo.

If this sounds like you, don’t worry – these 5 handy tips will help you increase your fuel economy.

  1. Get rid of unnecessary weight.
    Have you been avoiding those boxes in your boot for the past few weeks? It’s time to think of your fuel economy and relocate them to the garage! The heavier your car is, the more fuel it takes to drive it… something even the cheapest fuel prices can’t fix. You wouldn’t want to tow an empty trailer around, so have the same mindset about your car contents and see your fuel consumption drop.
  2. Service regularly with high qualityoil and fuel additives.
    Not only is a regular car service important for safety and performance, but it’s a great way to reduce your fuel consumption that drivers don’t often consider, instead just focusing on finding the cheapest fuel prices. An under-serviced engine and dirty air filter can chew up your petrol, bumping up your usage by 10% or more! Fuel additives also keep your fuel system clean and performing like it should. Change your oil regularly, as this decreases friction which is great for fuel economy and your engines life.
  3. Tyre Pressures.
    Up to 50% of tyres on the road are under-inflated, meaning 50% of drivers could be lowering fuel consumption just by checking them. Your tyres’ resistance increases the lower their pressure is, using more fuel to turn. To increase fuel economy and drop 2% off your fuel bill, pump up those tyres! Look at your car’s manual or online for the recommended pressure for your car.
  4. Easy on the throttle
    With the cheapest fuel prices not coming around often enough, this is probably the most obvious solution to lowering fuel consumption. We all need a little reminder to slow down from time to time – especially in city peak-hour traffic! For fuel economy, remember to anticipate the actions of the car/s in front of you; driving quickly between stop lights and then breaking often and suddenly uses up fuel quickly.
  5. Make fewer trips or simply take your bike
    Walking and riding burn calories not petrol, just saying 😉 If you do all your daily errands in one trip, it can decrease your fuel consumption and help with fuel economy. It can take up to 8kms for your car to run at its most fuel-efficient, so a few short trips a day can drain your fuel more than you’d like to think. This is especially important in these chilly winter months, as cars love chewing up fuel when they’re cold!

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