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Cut Your Car Fuel Bills by at least 30%

Updated on December 23, 2009

Is your car an automatic or manuel?

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Saving at least 30% on your fuel bill

While we are in the midst of a credit crunch, we can all use some handy money saving tips, and especially if those include our travel costs.

Although we can't quite yet run our cars on air & water, we can maximise our effienciany at using existing fuel.

I'm going to explain some of the methods i use to help maximise my distance, and reduce my costs while i travel in my car. They obviously all help your impact on the environment too.

The first thing to point out, is some of these tips work best with an automatic. With a manual gear it becomes a little harder to do.

  1. Keep your eye on the furthest possible distance. Looking further ahead can enlighten you to any traffic hazards of parked vehicles, so you have plenty time to make any adjustments.

    This helps you drive smoothly without having to stop, start, stop, start.

  2. Eye on the furthest & closest traffic lights The reason for this is to see the traffic lights that are ahead of you. If you drive a familiar route, you can start to understand when they will change. This will help you determine if you should have your foot on the accelerator or not.

    With some of your local traffic lights & travelled routes, you can really use this to your advantage. Its great when your slowing down approaching a green light, as you know its about to change, and an idiot racer zooms past you, and ends up having to stop as the lights change before they can get there. 

  3. Existing momentum If you know that you can't reach past the current set of lights or hazard then you should be reducing your speed, and if your close enough and in an automatic, then you can just cruise along on your existing momentum. Finding spots of existing momentum can mean that you have your foot OFF the accelerator, thereby not using any fuel.

  4. Lighten up your loads if possible Get rid of any rubbish to keep your weight as low as possible. All those bits & pieces add up to a lot.

  5. Going down a hill sleeping When you go down a hill, forget accelerating at all. If the road is flat at the bottom though, and quiet, then you want to use the hill to help you with your momentum when you reach the bottom. Just by USING the accelartion for a brief moment going down the hill can ensure you glide along the flat part for ages.
  6. Leaving earlier Less cars on the road makes things smoother.

  7. Road works adjustments If there are any roadworks happening then adjust and change your route where possible. This will give you a head start on learning where the jams are, and how to avoid them. A Lot of people stick to the same route even if a traffic jam is guaranteed. All that stopping & starting makes for a lot of gas.

Hope this little guide helps you, as it has helped me save costs. I hear how much people spend on their manual drives, and i know i will always stay with an automatic now.


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