Many people are struggling with the costs of owning and running a car increasing each year. Using public transport is one way to get around the problem, but for most people, this isn’t a good enough solution.
The good news is that there are some ways you can still stay on the road and be able to afford to do so! The bad news is that you have to drive like a cheapskate! Intrigued? Here are a few ideas for those of you that want to drive like a miser!
Drive below the speed limit
The first thing you need to do is not have such a heavy right foot! Speed limits are there to make the road safer for both motorists and pedestrians. We live in such a busy world that people often speed when they are running late for appointments.
Aside from breaking the law, the other downside to speeding is that you use more fuel than you need to. The cost of petrol and diesel is at an all-time high. Take a cautious approach to your driving and drive below the speed limit.
Use cruise control
Do you often drive on long stretches of road? Is your car equipped with cruise control? If the answer to both questions is “yes,” then you need to make better use of your cruise control!
Cruise control lets you set a constant speed that you want your car to travel at. The idea behind this feature isn’t just for convenience. It also helps you to reduce the fuel your engine uses, because it doesn’t have to work as hard.
Make better use of your gears
Do you drive a car with a manual transmission? If so, you need to make better use of your gearing. When you are cruising along, make sure that you are using the highest gear possible.
But don’t use a high gear if you don’t need to. If your engine begins to labour, you will need to change down a gear to maintain an efficient working level.
Take it easy with those pedals
Some people are quite harsh with their acceleration. In most driving conditions, you should be gentle when you speed up, so that your car’s engine doesn’t have to work so hard.
Braking hard causes unnecessary wear on your car’s brake discs and pads. Think about when you need to brake, and start braking earlier rather than later.
Gravity is your friend
If you are driving down a hill, you don’t need to speed up! Make good use of gravity by letting your car coast down the hill, with your foot hovering over the brake pedal.
Maintain a steady speed rather than braking hard.
Buy a better car
If your car is a gas guzzler, you should think about replacing it. Even if you are a miser when it comes to driving, your car can still let you down.