Most drivers in Ireland spend more than €100 a month on petrol
According to a recent survey, most drivers would typically spend up to €125 on petrol or diesel every month.
The survey of 5,000 road users in Ireland found that 58.26% would spend up to that amount a month on fuel, with 18% spending between €50 and €75 and 16% spending between €75 and €100.
Around one in ten motorists, meanwhile, said that they’d spend up to €250 a month.
Alex Todd, brand manager at its4women.ie commented, “Fuel costs can be a worry for motorists, especially in recent years with the rising fuel prices.”
With this in mind, here are 9 simple fuel saving tips every driver should know from its4women.ie
1. Make fewer trips
Try to avoid lots of little short journeys and combine all your errands into one big trip to give your engine the chance to heat up. Driving a car with a cold engine that has been parked for a few hours uses much more fuel for the first five miles or so.
2. Drive smart
The perfect way to lower your fuel bill is to travel at a constant speed and in the highest gear. It's unrealistic to never overtake, but there's little point accelerating past a car to simply be in front of it at the next set of lights.
3. Stick to the speed limit
Not only is it important to drive at a constant speed, but also to travel at the correct speed. Not only are you breaking the law by speeding, but you’re also using much more fuel, so arriving early is merely a false economy.
4. Accelerate smoothly
This might come as a surprise, although even if you’re traveling at a sensible speed and in a high gear, it’s important to accelerate smoothly otherwise you’re actually using more fuel not less.
5. Don't drive in the rush hour
Every time that you stop and start in traffic, your car needs first gear and a huge amount of fuel to get moving again. Second gear is not much better. The best solution is to not travel during the rush hour, if you can. If this is unavoidable, you could consider buying a hybrid car, which uses much less fuel in town than a normal petrol or diesel.
6. Turn the air-conditioning off
Air-conditioning is a sure fire way to use up a lot of fuel. It may be tempting to leave on all year round to stop the windows misting but try to keep it off when it’s not hot.
7. Close the windows
When driving out of town, on a duel carriageway or motorway especially, having the windows down and the sunroof open will make your car more expensive to run. It’s not so much of a problem when you’re driving in town, but all things considered the less of a ‘drag’ the less your fuel bill will be.
8. Check your tyre pressure regularly
The lower the tyre pressure, the more fuel the car needs to move it down the road.
9. Shift that extra weight
Just like a person, your car needs more fuel to move around more weight. Would you wear a heavy rucksack if you didn’t need to…? Even if the roof rack is empty, it increases drag and makes your car use more fuel, while a big ski box is like having another car strapped to your roof. The latest roof racks and ski boxes are quick and easy to fit and remove, so make the effort to stow them away when you're not using them.
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