With the cost of insurance, refuelling and repairs, running a car is costly, but there are some things you can do to reduce your expenses. Read our article for 6 easy ways to lower your driving costs...
Regular servicing will ensure issues are picked up quickly. Skipping services and ignoring problems might save you money in the short term, but causes far bigger expenses in the future. Check your oil and coolant levels regularly. Identifying and fixing leaks will protect the car’s engine. Pay attention to tyre pressure to improve fuel efficiency and reduce tyre wear.
You can reduce wear and tear on your car by driving efficiently. For example, avoid harsh braking and take care not to corner hard. Driving more slowly saves you money too. Driving at 80mph uses up to 25% more fuel than 70mph.
If you’ve got a habit of leaving unnecessary items in your car, it could be costing you money. The heavier a car is, the more fuel it burns.
If you don’t plan your route carefully, you cover more miles than you need to. Before a journey, think carefully about the best route to take. Even small reductions build up savings over time.
If you only think about filling up when your low fuel warning light comes on, then you’re shelling out more than you should. Fuel costs vary markedly between petrol stations, and so you can end up paying a premium if you don’t do some research to find out which fuel stations are cheapest in your area.
Don’t assume that third-party policies are always cheapest. Although counter-intuitive, comprehensive cover is sometimes less costly. The key is to investigate a wide range of policies options and consider the benefits and drawbacks of each.
Driving always costs money, but with care, you can keep costs to a minimum. For a free Ellesmere Port car repairs