At SkyParkSecure we like to save you money.
For instance, our Airport Parking deal finder can help to save you up to 60% on gate prices!
But today, we’re here to reveal some tips that could chop your petrol or diesel costs in half — whether you’re travelling to the airport once a year or driving to work every day!
1. Reduce Wind Resistance
One of the simplest changes you can make involves taking a look at the aerodynamics of your car.
Gift Card site Zeek advises customers to have a spring clean of their car. Removing unnecessary clutter will make your car lighter, requiring less effort to accelerate and using less fuel.
They also advise that if you use a roof rack, you remove this when it’s not needed. This will reduce the drag on your vehicle.
Just these two changes can cut your fuel consumption by up to a fifth.
2. Sloooooooow Down
If you’re zooming down the motorway at 80mph (which you definitely shouldn’t be), you’re actually burning through your fuel supplies at a ridiculous rate
Dropping from 80mph to 70mph could save you up to 25% in fuel as well as avoiding potential speeding fines.
And cutting your speed from 70mph to 60mph could save a further 10%!
If you’re concerned about taking ages to get anywhere because you’ve reduced your speed, Lifehacker has done some extensive research on why this isn’t the case.
Not only is the amount of time you could potentially save by speeding not all that impressive, any traffic you run into basically negates these gains anyway.
3. Drop the Revs
If you’ve been driving for years, you probably don’t even think about changing gears anymore.
It’s all on auto-pilot!
But did you know that letting your revs run to 3,000 per minute (petrol) and 2,500 (diesel) before changing up a gear causes you to use a lot more fuel?
It’s more efficient to move up a gear at 2,500 (petrol) and 2,000 (diesel).
Basically, the sooner you can get up to fifth or sixth gear, the better!
4. Don’t Drive with Tired Tyres
Well maintained tyres are essential for safe and economical driving.
1st Central’s great resource on fuel saving outlines that around 15% of your overall fuel consumption comes from your tyre resistance. Underinflated tyres increase this resistance and absolutely hammer your fuel consumption!
So check your vehicle tyre pressures regularly — especially before a motorway journey!
5. The Air Con vs Open Windows Debate
Air conditioning does increase fuel consumption, especially at low speeds.
However, when driving on the motorway, the increase in fuel consumption is less than opening a window.
So if it’s a hot day, use the air conditioning for high-speed driving…
But remember to switch it off and open the windows when you’re driving around town!