Car Running Cost Rises – How to Combat Them

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco

The ever-rising cost of fuel is, without a doubt, one of the biggest concerns for those who own a car. However, here are some techniques you could apply to cut the running cost of your car.

Regular Service

Now, here is a tip that may surprise some. It is normal to think that servicing your car is an expense. However, servicing your car regularly can provide you benefits in ways you probably never imagined. It can make your engine more efficient and perform better. This in turn will reduce your fuel consumption, thereby cutting running costs over the long-term. Service specialists can also identify any mechanical issues before they develop into problems.

Judicious use

This is an obvious tactic to reduce the running costs of a car – use your car judiciously. Shockingly, many car owners fail to do this. Driving your car for short distances not only increases your fuel consumption, but also causes greater engine wear. This is because engines take time to reach the optimum temperature, at which they function efficiently.

Tyre pressure

They say the wheel is one of man’s greatest inventions. We should add tyres to that list as well. Tyres can also affect the efficiency and running costs of a car. It is your duty, as the owner or driver of the car, to check the condition of the tyres on a regular basis. The tyres must be at the optimum pressure, if you want them to last for a long time. Having car tyres at the right pressure can help you achieve a reduction in fuel consumption, as well as CO2 emissions.

Help you car shed those unnecessary pounds

Disposing of the unnecessary items in your vehicle can make it lighter, thereby improving the performance of your car. Another way to reduce the car’s weight is to use a tyre wielding kit or a space saver tyre instead of the spare tyre. You could also choose to only fill your car up with half a tank, rather than a full tank when you go to the pumps. Although you will be making more trips to get fuel, you will save overall on the amount of weight you are carrying around.