The world economy has recently just emerged out of double dip recession, however the effects of this recession has left a gaping hole in people’s pockets. As the importance of holding on to the money you have has become a prominent factor in today’s society it comes as no surprise that people are looking for more money saving solutions.

The cost for fuel has caused a huge stir over the years with the expense of petrol constantly rising and never falling. Below are five key tips on how to save on fuel costs.

1. Be conscious of how much excess clutter you carry in your car.

If your car is full of excess clutter, such as unneeded mechanical tools, or a roof rack, which has been left on since your holiday, then it’s time to reassess the purpose behind why you are carrying them. Now there are certain tools that are recommended for you to carry such as auto repair tools, which will come in handy if you come into an altercation on the road. However, if you constantly drive around with unneeded objects in or attached to your car then just think- the lighter the car the less petrol you will use.

2. Never fill your car to the top!

Similar to the first point, filling your car so it’s full means that the extra weight will make your car work harder, which in turn will use more petrol. In addition, having a full tank makes you more inclined to drive on more occasions when car sharing with friends.

3. Make sure your tires are always correctly inflated

Always ensure that the tires of your vehicle is correctly inflated because under inflated tires will make your car use more fuel due to your tires creating more resistance when your car is moving. The harder your car works the more fuel you will burn.

4. Resist using your cars gadgets

Even on the shortest distances we usually drive with the stereo on and the air-conditioning blasting. Using the gadgets in our cars on a frequent basis means we are adding to the amount of fuel needed to power the car. Instead of driving round with the radio barely on, switch it off and if you can cool the car down by opening a window rather than using the air, then choose that option and save a little fuel.

5. Try to drive smoothly

One of the main reasons behind excess fuel use is accelerating and breaking sharply. The best method to save money is to always be alert to the flow of traffic, if you can break gradually towards a queue of traffic rather than slamming the break on when you get closer will reduce the consumption of fuel your car uses.

These five common tips are simple to follow and will altogether create an impact on your fuel expenses. They say that every penny counts in today’s economy so why not see for yourself.

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