How a bowl of water can help you save money on petrol and diesel as fuel prices soar

Petrol prices have soared to record levels in the UK amid a global rise in the price of oil and gas.

The latest figures released by the UK Government have revealed that drivers pay on average 152.9p per liter on petrol and 158.59p per liter of diesel.

And the ongoing Russian invasion on Ukraine has exacerbated the situation at the pumps for drivers.

Earlier today, the UK and the US announced bans on the importation of Russian oil amid the conflict.

Fuel campaigners fear that fuel prices could rise to as high as £ 2 a liter within months as the cost of oil and gas spirals out of control.



Ensure your tires are properly pumped up is one of the key things to keep fuel costs down

The experts at car leasing firm Vanarama have revealed nine frugal ways to make your fuel go further and spend less time at the petrol station.

These range from keeping your tires blown up to imaging that you’ve got a bowl of water on the passenger seat.

Commenting on the rising cost of fuel, Vanarama head of social media Daryl West said: “This, alongside the general cost of living increasing at the fastest rate for 30 years, may create further money worries for motorists.

“To help, we’ve shared nine ways to frugally cut your fuel costs – saving you both money and trips to the gas station.”



Petrol and diesel now costs a fortune for drivers up and down the country

Make sure your car is kept clutter-free

Naturally, when you’re carrying a heavy load, your car does not perform as well on the road. These long inclines are harder work and will lead to you putting your foot down, or changing down a gear to keep the speed up – all of which uses additional fuel. Instead, have a clear out of items in your car.

Keep your fuel tank level low

Another tip is to keep your fuel tank level reasonably low, rather than topped up all the time. Diesel is heavy, with 70 liters coming in at over 57kgs.

Take all non-regularly used bike racks and ladder racks off your vehicle

Did you know that you use more fuel to push these items through the air? Unless you’re using a bike or ladder regularly, take the rack off your vehicle. If you do, however, need a roof rack (if you’re a tradesperson), then keep it clear of loads as much as possible. Find somewhere secure at home or work to store it, as the fuel savings can be considerable.

Keep your tires pumped up

Often motorists only check their tire pressure once they have a puncture, however, this is a costly mistake. Low tire pressures create heat and friction with the tread and sidewalls flexing, with research showing that you use an additional 3% fuel for every 10% of your tires are under-inflated. Not only that, tires with insufficient pressure lead to poor handling of the vehicle with the potential for loss of control and accidents.



Woman checks air conditioning in a car
Limit your air con

Limit your use of the aircon

Many of us leave the air conditioning switched on all year round, overriding it when necessary with the heater. Try and get into the habit of turning it off when you do not need it, it can be quite a drain on fuel when in operation.

Have regular servicing to prevent further costs down the road

This is extremely important as something as simple as a blocked air filter will result in poor performance and higher fuel consumption. A brake that is binding slightly can have a dramatic effect on your MPG. Do not forget, if your van is under warranty or subject to a lease agreement, it’s important to keep your service history up to date. If it belongs to you it’ll also help you prove to a second owner or, to a dealer when part exchanging for a new vehicle that you’ve looked after it, enhancing its value.

Keep your window closed

All that buffeting you get in the cab when you have the window open, even slightly, does not come for free and fuel is burnt to generate it. If you do not need the window open, close it.

Always pre-plan your journeys

Probably the single, most effective way of lowering your fuel bill is to reduce the mileage you drive and to avoid time consuming and costly congestion. Plan your routes carefully using real-time data such as that offered by Google Maps.

Drive as if you have a bowl of water on the passenger seat

Every time you apply the brakes, energy that you’ve paid for in fuel is being lost in heat generated by the brake pads and discs. Do not rev the engine unnecessarily when accelerating, just move gently through the gears, keeping the engine speed to a reasonable level, but without laboring it by being in too high a gear.

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