Get the most out of your fuel tank. Check Out These 7 Tips To Save Money
Nobody really likes to refuel their car, especially given the steep price hike we’re seeing in Australia right now.
While there isn’t much we can do about the cost of fuel or the need to refuel, there are ways to reduce the frequency of refueling or make it more manageable.
Earn velocity points when you refuel
Earn speed points every time you pump fuel; while it doesn’t reduce the initial cost, it could save you money elsewhere.
For example, 7-Eleven recently partnered with Virgin Australia so that customers can now earn Velocity points every time they refuel at 7-Eleven gas stations.
You can earn two Velocity points per liter of premium fuel, one Velocity point per liter of regular fuel, and two Velocity points for every dollar spent on qualifying in-store purchases.
Of course, the terms and conditions apply, but you can head over to the 7-Eleven website to read the full disclosure.
The amount of fuel your car uses will be affected by the way you drive – and to a surprising degree. In an AA-led fuel consumption experiment, participants found that they reduced their fuel bills by an average of 10% when driving economically, and one even reduced it. by 33%.
To drive economically, favor gentle acceleration and avoid braking unnecessarily. Shift gears earlier, at an engine speed of around 2000 rpm for diesel cars or 2500 rpm for gasoline.
You must also obey the speed limit. Well you should do it anyway, but besides avoiding fines the faster you go the more fuel you use. According to the AA, driving at 70 mph consumes up to 9% more than 60 mph and up to 15% more than 50 mph. Doing it up to 80 mph can use up to 25% more fuel than 70 mph.
Use an app to find low fuel prices
Download an app that displays the lowest local fuel prices and you can determine which gas station would be the best to visit.
Some brands even have their own apps, including 7-Eleven, which let you search nearby stores for the best local price, then lock in that price for up to seven days.
Take care of your car
Maintaining your car is not only good for your vehicle and your personal safety, it can also be good for your pocket.
Regular maintenance of your car can make it more efficient, as can changing air filters and using recommended engine oil. You can consult your manual to find out which one your car needs.
Check your tires
Improperly inflated tires can have a big impact on fuel mileage, so get in the habit of checking your tire pressure at least once a month.
More importantly, driving with improperly inflated tires can be a hazard to you and others on the road as it impacts your braking and handling.
Remove the extra charge when you don’t need it
Sports equipment, surfboards, roof racks – we are all guilty of keeping things on or in our cars when we don’t really need them. But an extra load not only makes your car heavy, it can also increase drag and burn fuel.
Remove any surplus from your car; Always remember essentials such as a first aid kit and emergency supplies in case of a breakdown.
Avoid short trips
This one can be tricky or even impossible for some drivers, but it’s better for your fuel mileage if you can avoid short trips.
Cold engines use up to 20% more fuel compared to hot engines, so quick trips around town can swallow up the fuel. Try to avoid them or combine several small trips into one.