Owning and operating a vehicle can be an expensive business. Not only do you have to think about fuel consumption, you also need to factor in expenses like insurance, servicing, MOT, and regular maintenance. That’s why we’ve put together a few money-saving tips to help ease your motoring costs.
1.Black Box Policy
Choosing a car insurance policy that includes the use of a black box is a great way to start. Installing a black box provides your insurers with more visibility around your driving habits and allows them to treat you as an individual – ultimately rewarding you with a cheaper policy for safer, cost-effective driving.
2.Paying for Premium
You’ve probably heard claims that premium fuel can enhance the running of your vehicle and keep your engine residue-free, but unless you’re driving a performance car, you’re unlikely to see any big benefits. You could experiment by filling up with premium fuel two or three times consecutively to see if you notice any difference, but the likelihood of offsetting the extra 10p per litre (or more!) in a non-performance car is small.
3.Listen to your Car
Don’t let the little things add up. Regular car maintenance will ensure you notice potential problems before they develop into an expensive issue, such as low oil or coolant levels, a windscreen chip, or a ‘sticky’ clutch. Get them sorted before they cost you.
4.Cold Weather Warning
Low temperatures reduce your vehicle’s ability to run at its best. Driving inefficiently after first starting your car on a frosty morning can increase fuel consumption and wear out your engine more quickly. By accelerating gently and avoiding harsh braking, you’ll save money on fuel during the colder months.
5.Tyre Pressure Levels
Did you know that tyres under inflated by 15psi can use 6% more fuel*? Inflating your tyres to the correct pressure keeps your fuel consumption at a reasonable level and avoids rapid wear, so you won’t be splashing out on a new set prematurely.
MOT faults, however minor, can add up when rectified all at once. Instead, keep up with those maintenance checks and look for faults ahead of your MOT. Check your bulbs, tyre tread depth, wipers, and keep that screen wash bottle topped up to make sure you don’t overspend all at once.
If you need any help, your local Eurorepar Car Service centre will be able to guide you in the right direction, just book an appointment online!
*RAC, June 2018.