Running a car can be an expensive enterprise. You have the fuel costs, which always seem to be rising, as well as the general upkeep and wear and tear. Then there’s the insurance, road tax, roadside cover, etc. So if you can find ways to make a car more economical, it makes sense to try and implement them. Fortunately, there are several ways you can make your car cheaper to run, and all it takes are a few simple changes here and there.
Take it for Regular Maintenance
By taking your vehicle for maintenance and services, you will be not only prolonging the life of your car but making it more economical in the process. A regular Toyota service appointment will ensure everything is running as efficiently as it should be and that your car is not working overtime getting things going. You should also check your tires regularly, ensuring that they are the correct PSI. Underinflated tires use more fuel, and over-inflated tires damage more easily, as well as decreasing traction. This means that other parts of your car will have to take the strain, such as brakes.
Lower Your Insurance
Before blindly going with the same insurer, shop around. You never know what brand new deals are out there until you take a look. Also, why not take up a defensive driving course which offers valuable tips on driving more safely and reduces your chances of an accident. Another way to reduce your premiums is to cut back on some of the coverage, do you will fully comprehensive, or will third party suffice?
Check Your Driving Style
If you were previously unaware, then you may be surprised to discover that how you drive will have a huge impact on how much fuel you use and how often your car needs to go in for repairs. If you are a smooth driver, you spot hazards way ahead and smoothly lower speed, trying to lose as much momentum as possible, and don’t rev the engine and accelerate with fury, then you are going to save a lot of money in comparison to a more aggressive driver type. Moreover, what type of driver do you think gets into more accidents?
Don’t use Premium Fuel
Okay, so sometimes you may desperately need to fill up wherever is the closest and have to use premium fuel, but in the normal running of things that is not the case. Your car won’t benefit from any obvious performance enhancement by using premium fuel, so it really is just a waste of money. It is estimated that drivers waste around $2.1 billion on premium fuels in the US, so that is a lot of money. So, if you are doing this, try and stop as it is in the best interests of your wallet.
If possible, go to all the stores you need to in one trip instead of making trip after trip. This means that you may need to plan a little better, but by decreasing unnecessary journeys, you will save yourself money.