How to Cut your fuel costs by up to 35%

How to Cut your fuel costs by up to 35%

While the average price of fuel has dropped over the last few months, petrol still costs 26p a litre more than a year ago, and diesel 40p a litre more, which could soon add up, so we've put together a few simple steps to help cut the costs of fuel…

1: Make your car more fuel-efficient

By driving more efficiently, and following these steps below you could help save up to 35% on fuel costs.

  • Keep your tyres inflated

Lower tyre pressures increases drag on a car, which means you'll use more fuel so be sure to keep your tyres inflated at all times.

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  • Declutter your car

The lighter your car is, the less effort it needs to accelerate. By clearing out any junk from the boot and not carrying any unnecessary weight, you can save a little more money as any additional weight you drive around with ups your fuel consumption.

  • Turn off air-conditioning at lower speeds

Air-conditioning uses engine power and therefore uses fuel – so make sure it's turned off unless you really need it. However, that being said when driving at higher speeds it's better to use the air-con and keep windows up due to the extra drag caused by having windows down.

  • Save cruise control for motorways

On long, flat roads, cruise control helps you save on fuel by maintaining a constant speed, removing unnecessary acceleration. But when used regularly on roads that aren't flat, it will increase the amount of fuel that you use because it's slower to react to changes in gradient, meaning it will accelerate for longer than a driver would when going up a hill. Motorways are usually flat, so save cruise control for those.

2: Tips to drive more efficiently & save on fuel

  • Change up a gear sooner

It's best always driving in the highest gear possible, so change up a little earlier than feels natural in order to take some pace out of your acceleration.

  • Keep moving if you can

The most expensive part of any car journey is always starting the car, as it takes a lot of energy to get the car started, so if you're able to roll gradually up to a traffic light as it changes from red to green, without stopping, it is more efficient than stopping and restarting the car.

  • Think about road position

Thinking about your road position helps you plan ahead and move more gradually, and also means you'll be driving more safely.

  • Accelerators are money pumps – accelerate gradually

Speed up smoothly. The harder you press on the accelerator, the more fuel you'll consume. A rough rule is to stay under 3,000 revs.

3: Share the driving to cut your fuel costs

An easy way to save on petrol is to drive less! An option for this is to share the driving. There are a few sites that connect people who are making the same car  journey.

  • BlaBlaCar

    Founded in France in 2006, BlaBlaCar came to the UK in 2011 and says it now has 90 million drivers and passengers across 22 countries. You can search for potential matches without registering, but you'll need to register for free using Facebook or email if you want to get or give a lift.

  • Liftshare

    Register your details on Liftshare and enter the journey you'd like to share. Then check the results for matching commuters – it also lets you search for potential matches before registering.

But what are the actual savings?

The savings from following these simple steps outlined above can be huge. For someone driving 15,000 miles a year, averaging 35 miles per gallon (12.4 km per litre), just buying petrol at the average UK price would cost £3,167 annually as of October 2022. Cutting this by 25% could save £792 a year.

Thanks for reading

The Place2park Team