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Economy Drive: How to Save Money Behind the Wheel

Humanity at large is finally coming to accept the reality of its environmental impact. Meaningful, positive change is starting to happen. However, consumer habits are difficult to shift; entire industries - and even economies - are built on unsustainable materials and fuels.

In a world of environmental change, the oil industry continues to carry clout. The majority of vehicles on the road still run on petrol or diesel, and although electric cars continue to quickly develop, charging technology remains a long way from widespread implementation.

The world continues to heavily rely on fossil fuels, and prices continue to rocket. Therefore it makes sense to drive with both the environment and your pocket in mind!

Here are our top tips for driving economically:

  • Set Off in Time Much inefficient driving (and speeding!) is as a result of drivers not giving themselves enough time to complete their journey. This can result in sudden acceleration and braking; both waste huge amounts of energy and should be avoided wherever possible. Setting off just a few minutes earlier can help you to save money, reduce stress and improve your safety on the road.
  • Read Ahead Reading the road ahead isn’t just beneficial to your hazard perception; it also helps you to avoid sudden braking. When you’re approaching a red light, take your foot off the accelerator, depress the clutch and allow the car to ‘roll’ to a stop (maybe keep your foot next to the brake just in case!). Anticipation is key to smooth driving - including smooth acceleration and steering - and increasing your Miles Per Gallon (MPG).
  • Pump It Up! Under-inflated tyres waste huge amounts of energy. It’s important to regularly check the pressure and condition of your tyres - at least once a month. Worn or under-inflated tyres can be dangerous, as well as inefficient. It is a good idea to keep a tyre inflator in your car to make pumping up your tyres as easy as possible.
  • Ditch Excess Baggage Have you been carrying unnecessary weight in your car? It doesn’t take much weight to negatively impact your MPG. Perhaps there’s items in the boot that you’ve forgotten about and no longer need to have on board. Have a clear out of your car and see how much stuff you can find an alternative home for!

These are just some ways in which you can drive your car more economically. However, in the case of some older cars, it may make better financial sense in the long run to purchase a more efficient car altogether! European environmental standards are being ramped up to crack down on vehicles with excessive exhaust emissions. A car that fails to meet environmental standards will also fail its MOT; the cost to get it up to modern environmental standards may not be financially viable.

Therefore it may make sense for drivers of older cars to consider buying a newer, more efficient vehicle sooner rather than later.

Do you have any tips or tricks for driving more efficiently? Let us know below!

© Craig Harbour 2018