Top Tips to Slash the Cost of Motoring - #8 Top Tips to Slash the Cost of Motoring - #8
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From the Mouth of Martin: Top Tips to Slash the Cost of Motoring – #8

Strap yourselves in wannabe petrol heads. With the help of money saving expert, Martin Lewis, Book Theory Test Today is hitting the road with 50 top tips that will cut your motoring costs. Tune in each & every week for a new tip and remember to share with friends and family and slash the cost of motoring.

This week we’re looking at the mess in your car. Did you know? The junk you’re keeping in your car boot adds to the vehicle’s weight, leading to higher fuel consumption and spending more on refuelling.

Cut the cost of motoring tip #8 – De-clutter your vehicle to cut fuel costs

Book Theory Test Today says: “That heavy duty stereo system, is it necessary? That junk you’ve been trying to take to the tip for a week, why is it still there? They say losing weight is a good thing, and this is true for your car. The lighter your motor is, the less fuel it consumes as a result of losing excess weight.”

However, it’s not just de-cluttering your car that will help cut the cost of motoring. Here are some other practical tips for you to follow to slash your fuel costs.

  1. Inflate your tyres properly – Tyres with low pressure add to the drag on a car, making your vehicle more ‘thirsty’. You can make fuel last longer by ensuring that your tyre pressures are correct. It costs nothing to inflate your tyres at your local fuelling station. Use your vehicle’s manual to identify the correct PSI level for your tyres.
  1. De-clutter your vehicle – Anything that adds weight to your car means that it will be guzzling more fuel. Get rid of the unnecessary weight in your motor because it’s cranking up the cost of motoring.
  1. Remove the roof rack – Leaving a roof rack on when it’s not in use is just plain laziness. If you’re driving around with it on while it’s empty, your greatly increasing wind resistance, adding drag to your vehicle and ultimately, making the engine work harder. More significantly, the cost of motoring will go through the roof, pardon the pun.
  1. Switch off the air-conditioning – It’s little known to motorists that having the air-con on massively increases fuel consumption. Simply having it on decreases fuel efficiency by a whopping 8%. To keep the cost of motoring down, it’s actually better to drive with the windows down and the air-con off at lower speeds.The only time it’s better to have the air-con on is when you’re on the motorway, as having the window down at high speed does increase the drag.
  1. Don’t fill the tank – A strange one, yes. However, fuel adds weight and therefore, less is better and it improves your vehicle’s efficiency. If you fill up slightly more often and put less in (say ½ or ¾ of a tank) your car will be more efficient and will cut the cost of motoring.

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