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How To Improve Your Car’s Fuel Economy: A Guide For The Rest Of Us

2 Jun , 2016  

The problem with owning a car these days is that it costs a fortune to put fuel in it!

Wholesale oil prices are somewhat turbulent, to say the least. What that means for car owners is the cost of petrol and diesel just keeps rising!

It’s not unheard of for people to sell their cars and give up driving because of those costs alone.

Of course, many people don’t have much choice but to pay such inflated prices for their fuel. Especially since many of us depend on our vehicles for commuting to work and back.

Sometimes, we might have to travel several hundred miles each week. And that’s usually impossible to do when making journeys with public transport.

However, there are some practical steps to improve your car’s fuel economy. Today’s handy guide will show you how:


Get new tyres

It might sound a bit weird. But, changing your tyres will offer a significant improvement in fuel economy. What you may not realise about car tyres is they aren’t all made of the same materials.

Sure, rubber is their core component. But so is steel and many other items too.


Several tyres on the market offer superior fuel efficiency. They get used by long-distance drivers, business fleets and tradesmen. And you should start using such tyres too!

The good news is you can have new tyres fitted to your car at home or work. That means you don’t need to take time off work or get them fitted on the weekend.

If you search for mobile tyre repairs or mobile tyres online, you’ll find many providers. What’s more, they’re often cheaper than local tyre garages, believe it or not!


Check your tyres each week

You might not know it, but all tyres leak a little air over time. Even brand new ones on new wheels! Changes to ambient air temperatures can affect the rubber.

As a result, tyre pressures will be lower than you might have anticipated.

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If you’ve got low tyre pressures, you’ll increase something called drag. In a nutshell, that means it takes more effort (i.e. power and fuel) to drive your car.

Once a week, check your tyre pressures and pump them up if needed. Refer to your owner’s manual for tyre pressure information.


Don’t turn your car into a storage container

Many people leave all kinds of stuff in their boots and back seats. The extra weight is also another factor that increases drag on a vehicle. Be sure to leave any unwanted or seldom used items at home.

Aside from saving fuel, your car will be easier to clean as well!


Use a premium fuel when you fill up your tank

An ongoing debate is whether you should use premium or supermarket fuels in your car. Yes, both fuels meet the minimum requirements set out by the EU. But, there is one major difference.

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Premium fuels have additives that help to shift carbon deposits in an engine. The result is your engine will find it easier to breathe. Plus, the spray patterns from your fuel injectors will be a fine mist instead of a dribble of fuel!

Thanks for reading today’s article. I hope you’ve enjoyed it and found it useful!

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