With the biggest nationwide train strike in 30 years underway from today, many people in the UK will be using their cars more this week. However with the prices of fuel increasing on a daily basis, below are a few steps you might want to take in saving you some money or making your fuel last longer.
- If you live close to one, buy fuel from Supermarkets’ forecourts. This is because Supermarkets sell huge quantities of fuel and so operating costs are spread over higher volumes, making it cheaper to buy from them than a branded forecourt.
- For the time being, you can do without premium fuel. Generally, premium fuels are around 10p more expensive per litre than regular.
- Use the right specification of engine oil to improve efficiency. Modern engines are built with finer tolerances and therefore require thinner oils – those with lower viscosity – that can also improve fuel economy by around three percent.
- Ensure vehicle tyres are inflated to the correct pressure.
- Remove excess weight from your car.
- Do not unnecessarily go hard on the accelerator – to avoid using up more fuel.
- Keep your windows closed. The harder your air conditioner works the more fuel you use.
- Avoid idling. It is a waste of fuel and you are not moving!
I hope doing the above amongst other things will help you fight the war against the rising cost of living.
Till next time.Niyi Adeoshun
Money Management Coach
Author of the newly-published book:"Winning Together"
(A Couple's Guide to Success With Money and Marriage)