Whether you’re cruising the roads in a Hyundai i30, Mazda 3, or a BMW X5, you know the cost of petrol. When the cost of fuel goes up, free money in your wallet slips away and that can cause too much unnecessary stress.
Let’s make one thing very clear from the start: no matter if you live in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Geelong, or even the smallest, most remote town, there are plenty of things you can start doing right now that will save you money on petrol for your car or truck.
Here are 9 tips you might start considering on petrol saving if you ever feel the pinch from rising costs.
Tip 1: Use the correct fuel.
Your owner’s manual will tell you straight up what kind of fuel to use. If you rely on the wrong octane, thinking you’re doing something good for the engine (such as adding a higher octane than the engine requires because you think it’s a good thing), you’re not only wasting money, you could also be causing deposits to build up in the engine, ultimately reducing efficiency.
Tip 2: Pay attention to tyre pressure.
Proper tyre pressure will vary from one car to the next. It can also vary depending on the season. Pay attention to the tyre pressure in your car and keep it at optimal levels. This reduces drag on the road and promotes more coasting ability.
Tip 3: Service your car regularly.
When you’re not feeling great, are you as effective or efficient at your job? Not likely. So why would you think your car can function at peak levels if it’s not being properly cared for?
Make sure you bring your car in for regular servicing. This includes oil changes, inspections, tyre rotation, and all the other basic checks and balances.
When your car’s engine is humming along like a giddy child, it’s going to make the best, most efficient use of the fuel you put in.
Tip 4: Think about your route.
Your neighbours might have a tendency to regale you with stories of their meandering drive through the country, the nice little nook they found along one of those backroads, but that’s not doing anything to help them save money on fuel.
Look at a map and determine if you’re taking the most logical and best route from Point A to Point B.
You may have been driving the same route to and from work for years, but jumping on the motorway may not be the most efficient or shortest route by distance. Calculate your trip, fuel efficiency of your car, and then determine what the best route is with regard to saving on fuel.
You might be surprised.
Tip 5: Consider those tyres.
More and more tyre manufacturers today are offering lower resistant tyres. This means when you invest in those, your wheels will coast longer. That means less resistance where the rubber meets the road.
Less resistance on the road means less work for your engine, and that means less fuel that you’re going to burn.
Tip 6: Clean up that