Here we go again — another summer where petrol prices are rising through the roof.
You may think there’s no way to avoid it, but there is. By employing a few of these simple steps, you can put the pounds back in your pocket where they belong.
1. Stop Driving So Fast
This is really easy to explain… Make your car work harder by speeding down the highway, the more petrol it’s going to burn. Slow down and give the pedal a rest and you’ll notice that you don’t have to drive to the pump as often.
2. Avoid Rush-Hour Traffic
While slowing down to get from A to B will help you burn less petrol overall, sitting at a standstill with the engine running the entire time isn’t ideal. The car is still working whether you’re moving or not, so it’s best to make sure that while it’s on it’s getting you wherever you need to go in a timely manner.
3. Research a Shorter Route
Are you sure you’re taking the shortest route to the places you need to go? Or could it be that you’re taking the route you know best? The route you know best may not be the most efficient, mind you. Do a quick Internet search between points to discover the shortest distant.
4. Consider a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle
This is a relatively larger investment up front, but think of the money you’ll save on gas over its lifetime — especially if prices keep rising the way they are.
5. Use Public Transportation
This is a no brainer. If you live near public transportation, put the car in park and hop on the bus or tube. Not only will you be putting more money in your pocket, but also you’re reducing your individual impact on the environment.
6. Carpool with a Coworker
If you don’t have access to public transportation, ask around your office to see if anyone who lives near you is willing to consider carpooling to work. The benefits are three-fold — there will be one less car polluting the air each week and both of you will cut your petrol bill in nearly half; even more when additional people are involved.
7. Shop Around for Lower Prices
Are you pulling into the first gas station you see? Bad move. That may not be the most wallet-friendly option. Drive around your area for a bit to compare prices or go online to see if there’s a gas-price aggregator for your area that will tell you at which station the cheapest petrol is located. Also, don’t wait until your tank is near empty to fill up. Not only will you be forced to go to the first station you spot but letting the petrol run low like that is bad for your vehicle.
8. Fill Up Outside the City
Like everything else in the city, gas is more expensive than it is in country areas. Depending on where you live — you don’t need to drive an hour to save money — consider a quick trip out of the city to top off your tank.
9. Buy Lower-Grade Petrol
If you think a higher-octane petrol is better for your car, you’re wrong. According to Fraud Guide, “You won’t benefit from using premium gas in a car designed for regular. You won’t get better gas mileage and you won’t go any faster. You’ll just end up spending more money.” If your vehicle requires premium petrol, however, use it — you don’t want to damage your car’s engine; you might want to rethink your choice of vehicle though.