AND CREEPING TOWARDS $2/litre – THE PRESSURE BUILDS
It’s a mind-boggling concept, but more than half of the operating cost of your car is actually chewed up by the fuel it burns every year. In terms of real-world running costs, fuel is a massively overlooked aspect of your vehicle’s true value. A new guide explains how to claw back the money from your fuel tank. See report here
Leading consumer website WhichCar has just published the ‘Top Seven’ practical steps you can take, to reduce your car-running-costs via the bowser. With petrol creeping towards $2/litre, this advice could save you thousands of dollars a year.
“We all know we need fuel to make it run, but we often don’t see that as part of the cost of the car itself,” notes WhichCar’s Tony O’Kane.
“In reality, of course, it’s part and parcel of the ownership – but because it wasn’t factored into the driveaway price tag, we have this weird disconnect when it comes to the fuel in our cars.”
FRUGAL FUEL TIPS (INCLUDE)
* Inflate your tyres – You may not know what rolling resistance is, but we can tell you it’s the enemy of fuel economy. Underinflated tyres have a bigger contact patch with the road, and that means more friction for your engine to overcome. Air is free, so check your car’s recommended inflation pressures and ensure all of your tyres have the right amount of air in them. You may want to consider overinflating by a couple of psi to further reduce rolling resistance, but don’t go overboard – pumping in too much air also reduces the size of your tyre’s contact patch and therefore how much grip your car has on the road.
* Declutter – Is your boot or rear seat a de facto storage closet? Carting around an unloved gym bag, or the kids’ sports kits, or any stuff that you don’t actually need when you’re out and about? Every kilogram your car carries means your engine works a little bit harder to move you, and that means more fuel. Shed some kilos from your cargo, and you’ll trim your fuel bill as well.
* Chill out – Some of us are too aggressive behind the wheel for our own good, but besides being a generally unsafe way to drive it’s also a habit that dramatically increases your car’s thirst. Being aggressive on the accelerator and the brakes is guaranteed to send your fuel consumption through the roof. Be calmer behind the wheel and use the accelerator gently. A pro tip is to look further up the road to anticipate when you may need to brake, and get off the gas earlier and let the car coast. That will not only save you money on fuel it’ll make your brakes last longer, too.
The full list of tips can be found at www.whichcar.com.au