The price of gasoline used to be a minor consideration in most family's budgets. However, there are many who are now having to choose between gas and food. This is, literally, a crime in my view. Today's article will be of help to anyone who has to make impossible choices.
It’s no secret that filling your car with fuel is becoming increasingly expensive. In addition to sky-high insurance rates running a car can be virtually impossible for some people, and doesn’t seem worth the money to others. This is why reducing fuel costs is the thought currently on many drivers’ minds. Following some simple tips could help to axe the extortionate expenditure and make driving more possible for new drivers.
One of the most obvious alternatives to driving is walking, and yes it’s mentioned on almost every green website that walking is better for the environment and your pocket. Although it isn’t always possible to walk everywhere some people actually get in the car to drive around the corner. This may not seem like a great waste of fuel but every time the key turns in the ignition fuel is used – costing you money. Leave the car at home for short journeys to avoid unnecessary fuel wastage.
Although driving slower may take you longer to arrive at your desired destination it will save you money in fuel. As your speed increases your fuel efficiency decreases, so an extra few minutes on your journey could be worth the savings. Also, maintaining a consistent speed rather than stopping and starting can reduce the amount of fuel consumption.
Where possible, choose your petrol (gas) station wisely. Obviously if you’re on the dregs of the tank and your engine could cut out any second then which garage you choose to fill up in isn’t exactly of foremost importance. If you have a particular supermarket you shop at weekly inquire as to whether they have fuel saving deals or vouchers. In some cases, if you spend a certain amount in the supermarket you are rewarded with a percentage of your visit to their filling station.
When in your car take a look around at the clutter on your backseats and in your boot, carrying items in the car may be seemingly innocent but an excessive amount of heavy clutter reduces fuel efficiency.
Another major fuel consumer is air conditioning – simply opening the windows instead of turning on the air conditioning could save those all-important pennies.
Green cars are far more fuel economic than their regular counterparts. Hybrid cars combine electricity and fuel to power the car – allowing for higher fuel efficiency and lower levels of air and noise pollution. Another form of green car are electric cars which solely run off electricity supplied from the grid. They currently aren’t as popular as hybrid cars as there aren’t many mains points to recharge the batteries of the car. However some electric cars have supplementary power sources, such as solar panels on the roof of the car, to recharge it using renewable energy resources.
Reducing fuel costs can significantly help to reduce your weekly expenditure. There are many ways that can help to reduce your fuel costs whilst reducing your carbon emissions too. With green cars becoming more popular due to environmental concerns, hopefully more fuel efficient cars will emerge in the very near future.
Written by Stephanie Staszko on behalf of Just Motor Law who are motoring offence solicitors providing legal advice on a variety of motoring offences.