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Cut your car’s fuel bills quickly

tyre pressure_19_04_12With the price of petrol and diesel hitting the headlines, you might think that buying a more efficient car is the only way to slash your fuel bills. However, before you start fretting about which model to buy, there are a few quick and easy ways to cut the cost of filling up every week.

Most of us are guilty of not checking tyre pressures often enough, but under inflated tyres can have a sizeable effect on fuel economy – even if they’re only slightly off. You should really check them once a month and a correctly inflated tyre resists punctures, will prove safer in the wet and last longer, too.

It’s all too easy to leave things in the boot that we don’t need, but this makes your car less efficient and burns extra fuel. Things like pushchairs and golf clubs make a difference, and the same goes for roof boxes, which increase the car’s aerodynamic drag and slow you down.

One of the easiest ways to make an instant cut in fuel consumption is to slow down. It sounds obvious but just sticking to the speed limit can make a sizeable difference, especially on the motorway. Also, planning your route, and the time of travel, means you shouldn’t spend too long stuck in traffic with the engine running.

A healthy car will also be more efficient than one in need of repair or servicing work. Don’t put off getting your car looked at if you think there’s a problem, and be suspicious if your car’s fuel economy falls a long way short of its official figure.

Lastly, don’t forget to shop around for the best prices when buying fuel. There’s no sense in driving miles to save a couple of pence per litre, but there are websites that will help you find the cheapest local petrol station and a small detour might save you a tidy sum.

Howard Price
Bosch Car Service

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