How much have your fuel bills risen in the last couple of years?
This Is Money recently reported that the cost of filling up the average car is now a staggering £68.20. However, many drivers are paying much more than the average, particularly if they don’t shop around for fuel or live in rural areas.
To help you reduce your fuel bill, here are three tips for cutting your petrol costs.
Shop around for fuel
Prices for petrol and diesel can vary significantly between local filling stations and so it’s important that you shop around for the best deal. Websites such as petrolprices.com can help you find the cheapest fuel in your area.
You should also aim to fill up at least 50 miles before your tank is empty so that there is no last minute panic to find cheap fuel.
Another way to save money is to exploit supermarket promotions. Many retailers offer money off a litre of fuel if you spend a certain amount in store.
Drive more carefully
The RAC say that changes in driving habits could save motorists an average of 8 per cent on fuel bills, which equates to an average £50 to £100 per year.
For example, your air conditioning uses fuel so open your windows and sunroof and turn off your air conditioning to improve fuel efficiency by up to 8 per cent. Remove roof racks and excess baggage from your car to reduce the weight and try to avoid accelerating or braking sharply when you drive.
Finally, make sure your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure. Under inflated tyres create more resistance and therefore use more fuel and can add 2 per cent to your fuel bills.
Consider a more efficient car
If you’re considering buying a new or used car, make sure you take the fuel economy into account. This Is Money reports that ‘the difference between a fuel efficient and not-so-efficient £10,000 car can be about £12 a week’.
As well as helping you save money on your fuel bills, it can also help reduce the cost of your road tax.
How have you been coping with rising fuel prices? Any tips for fellow drivers? Please share them in the comments below.