Five Steps to Save Money Whilst Increasing your Vehicles Miles per Gallon
It seems that every time we visit the fuel pumps, the cost has risen. We have no choice, but to pay. One way of reducing your outgoings in this area is to increase the mpg that your vehicle achieves.
Ford Mondeo ST24 @ £70 per week fuel costs
Conserving your fuel
Not only will conserving your fuel help your budget, but will also benefit the environment. Admittedly, it was not the environment that prompted me to conserve fuel, but the increasing costs. I had already changed from petrol to diesel, reducing my outgoings from £70 to £40. I was onto a winner, I thought.
As time passed, fuel prices increased and I watched as the diesel costs spiralled to an amazing £1.40/$2.22 per litre. I was in the same dilemma of having to spend £70 a week, once more.
This expenditure was eating into my weekly allowance, leaving very little for my hungry tummy. Something had to be done. I couldn’t reduce the miles I drove, it is my job. I looked for ways to allow my car to run more efficiently, in the hope that I would reduce the fuel costs.
Ford Mondeo Ghia TDCI @ £40/45 per week
What did I do?
Most of what I am going to tell you is common sense; I had been advised before but not really listened. We humans are like that, only take action when the need arises. I hope that all who read will take action and start saving now. If you put the money away you will find that MOT’s, tax and any other vehicle expenditures will be covered.
First: Driving with your windows open will use up your fuel. If your heaters or air conditioning are on, drive as much as possible with your windows closed.
Second: Watch and adhere to the speed limits, keeping to them will increase the mpg. Think about it, the faster you go, the more fuel is required.
Third: Driving steadily and using your gears to slow rather than your brakes, will not only increase mpg, but also save on the frequency of purchasing tyres and brake pads.
Fourth: Remember to only change up the gears when the engine has reached 2500 revs, and down again when the engine has dropped to 1500 revs.
Fifth: When you are driving have the engine running at 2000 revs or under.
As previously mentioned, all of these suggestions are common sense. This isn’t a quick fix change, you will not see an instant improvement, but, if you drive in this manner consistently, the increase in mpg will follow.
The Proof of the Pudding
I followed the suggestions above, and drove my car to the rules. Over the course of three months or so, I watched as my mpg increased from a pitiful 42.4 mpg to a very respectable 57.5 mpg.
My expenditure has reduced from £70, back to £40/45 per week, giving me a saving of approximately £25.
I continue to drive this way and the money saved is enough to ensure that the car runs smoothly and any expenses are covered. I no longer worry about the road tax, MOT, part costs or the fuel costs.
My fuel bill is now the same as it was four years ago, in spite of fuel increases of almost 50% in literal terms.
I would recommend anyone to give this a go.
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