Save money – use less fuel!!

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Yes, we know that prices for petrol and diesel are coming down. But that’s no reason to start going wild and not trying to conserve what we’ve got. For the last few years we have been paying ridiculous money for our fuel. Even now we’re still paying too much! Here’s a few pointers that might save you a few quid.

Lighten the load
Cars can get messy after a while and some people might even use the boot for storing things that they don’t want in the house. The bad news is that the heavier your car, the more fuel you burn. It’s said that an extra 100 pounds of weight in your car can actually increase your fuel consumption by up to 2%. Now’s the time to give your interior a clean and move the golf clubs into the shed.

Keep your tyres in good nick
Recently Michael Sheridan had a rant about tyres on this site. As much as I hate to admit it, the guy is right. Our tyres must be kept in good nick. Not only is it safer, but making sure your tyres are kept correctly inflated and in good condition could improve your fuel economy by up to 3.3%. Each psi drop of pressure in all of your tyres lowers your fuel economy by up to 0.3%.

Keep the machine well oiled
Cars are built using very definite formulas. The manufacturer knows what reacts best with your vehicle. Use the oil grade that they recommend in the manual. This will keep the car running smoothly. So, if the manual says to use 5W-30, don’t go for 10W-30. That’s simple enough!

Plan your journeys
If you know you’re going to be running errands, try and get them all done on the one trip. You save fuel by running your car when the engine is warm.

Get regular services
This one is obvious. Service your car as often as you should. These machines are expensive and if your vehicle is not in good nick you could end up paying more than you would if you stick to your proper service intervals. For example, if your cars oxygen sensor is not operating correctly it will lower your fuel economy. Air filters and sensors are usually checked when you visit your garage.

Stick to the speed limit
Stay safe by observing the speed limit. Fuel consumption increases hugely at speeds above 80 or 100 km/h. Also, don’t be in a hurry to get from 0-100km/h. High revs love eating your fuel.

Park far away from the shops
We all want the closest space to the shops and that’s why they’re always gone first. We’re wasting petrol by hovering around the nearest space to the shops. Go closer to the back and it’s more likely that spaces will be available. It usually means you can exit quicker too!

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Daragh Ó Tuama

Daragh is Contributing Editor and founder of Motorhub.ie. Past and present motoring ventures include presenting MotorMouth on Newstalk 106-108FM and MPH on TG4. Daragh was also editor for Car Buyers Guide and contributor for Beo.ie. He set up the motors section on Newstalk.com and can be heard regularly on Rónán Beo @3 on Raidió na Gaeltachta. He’s a regular contributor to The Sunday World’s Motor Mouth pages and he also regularly contributes motoring content for the Irish language online magazine, NOS.ie.

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