Saving Money in January:
January is said to be the longest month of the year, with a fair amount of people over spending during their holiday season or getting their salaries earlier and not budgeting for January. However, it happened, we all agree that January is where we all feel the bite of a lower than usual bank balance, so we thought we’d try help you out and give you a few tips on how to save money on fuel during January.
5 Tips to Saving Money on Fuel during January:
- Drive Less!
- Or at the very least, make fewer trips. Your engine burns more fuel when it starts up and heats up from being cold. Bulking all your travel or errands under one day could save you a lot in the long run and maybe help reduce that new year stress too.
- Don’t Drive in Rush Hour:
- Ok, so it’s January and you’re all about that: “New Year, New You” vibe, you’re out the door and gone. The only problem, you’ve just hit the January rush hour! Getting stuck in traffic is not only a waste of time but a waste of fuel too. Every time that you stop and start in traffic, your car needs first gear and a huge amount of fuel to get moving again. You can also save some fuel by trying to understand what the traffic is doing in front of you, and travelling steadily at a slow speed, rather than accelerating and braking.
A good idea to save from rush hour, is leaving earlier or later if your employer can accommodate it.
- Close the Windows and Use the AC:
- Since the dawn of the technology, there has always been the debate: which uses less fuel; having your windows down and having drag; making your drive less efficient, or using the AC which keeps your windows closed, reducing drag but using fuel to use the AC?
Now, the open windows policy may work much better for town driving where you’re moving slow and have a lot of stops to get through.
When it comes to open motorways like the N1, it’s time to economise; use that AC.
Car designers call it aerodynamics and make lots of effort to reduce the ‘drag’ and make the car as sleek as possible. You can’t do much about the design of your car, but you can consider the drag when it comes to long distance travel. Using your air vents or AC when it’s hot is a more efficient way to drive than with your windows or sunroof open.
- Accelerate Smoothly:
- Acceleration burns the most fuel, it is about getting the vehicle moving to a cruising speed where less fuel is then used. When you’re in traffic or from a stop, accelerating can save you that needed fuel.
It’s unrealistic to avoid overtaking, but there’s little point accelerating past a car to simply be in front of it at the next set of lights – any instant gratification will appear on your fuel bill the next time you fill up.
- Keep your Car and Tyres in Shape:
- When it comes to the most effective means of saving fuel on the road, there’s a simple tip: the lower the tyre pressure, the more fuel the car needs to move it down the road.
We recommend that you take five minutes every other week to check your tyres. If you’re not sure what the pressure should be, you can normally find the figures near the lock inside the driver’s door.
When it comes to the health of your overall car, be sure to get your vehicle serviced or at least checked at your local mechanic at a minimum of once a year. Sludge and general wear can affect your fuel efficiency and overall performance.
While January is always going to be a tough month for a lot of us, we hope that we could provide you with some helpful fuel saving tips!
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