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Saving on vehicle fuel

Most households spend more money on fuel for their car as they do on energy for their home. The good news is that there are some easy things you can do to make savings.

Use your vehicle less

  • Where you can: walk, cycle or use public transport instead of driving. This is also the single biggest thing you can do to reduce your carbon dioxide emissions
  • Try to combine several small trips into one journey - engines are at their lowest efficiency when cold
  • Consider car pooling - if you go from one to four people in a car, it's four times as efficient per person

Know how much fuel you use

To be more efficient and make savings, you need to know how much fuel you’re using.

Drive efficiently

The way you drive your car has a huge impact on the amount of fuel you use. You could reduce your fuel use by as much as 20% with some efficient driving techniques.

Keep your vehicle well maintained

A regularly serviced vehicle costs less to run, and there are other basic things you can do to keep your car from using excess fuel.

Check your tyres

No matter what kind of vehicle you drive, its fuel efficiency and safety are affected by whether its tyres are correctly inflated. Incorrectly inflated tyres will lead to reduced fuel economy, increased safety risks and increased tyre wear.  When it comes time to replace your tyres, consider fitting fuel efficient tyres - they can help reduce fuel costs without compromising on safety.

Work out the best vehicle for you

If you are buying a new car, then that is the best time to really reduce your fuel running costs. Consider whether an electric vehicle could be a suitable option for you.

And, once you’ve done everything you can to improve your fuel efficiency and reduce your running costs, filling up with biofuel blends is an extra bonus, for your engine and for the environment.

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