I remember being fuming when petrol prices hit £0.80 per litre. Now currently around £1.31 per litre, I’m literally scorching hot with anger which isn’t good when you’re entering a petrol station!

In 2014 businesses and private car owners will be looking for every possible way to increase their petrol mileage and if possible using a bike or walking instead. Although this is the most economical choice, this route is simply not practical for most people who have to travel some distance.

To reduce your fuel costs as much as possible, try one, more, or all of these proven tips to increase fuel economy or use some of the resources:

Don’t let you right foot be so heavy on the accelerator

If you’re always rushing from one place to the next, leave yourself more time for travel. As your speed increases, your vehicle’s fuel economy plummets. Besides, slowing down will ease your nerves and reduce your chances of being in an accident or even receiving a speeding ticket. This will not only reduce your fuel costs, but it can help you keep your car insurance rates as low as possible by avoiding accidents and points on your licence.

Keep your tires inflated

Did you know your tires will lose a little bit of air just because time passes or the ambient air temperature changes? This is the reason that you need to check your tire pressure on a regular basis even if they don’t have any leaks or obvious damage. In addition to being a safety issue, under-inflated tires cost you money when it comes to the amount of petrol your car burns per mile. Invest in a quality tire gauge and check each tire on a monthly basis before driving the car.

Replace items like your air and oil filter

As part of your regular maintenance, you should change your air filter. If you forget, the air filter can quickly become clogged and restrict proper airflow. This situation results in a sluggish car that burns a ton of petrol without giving you the performance you expect. If you can’t see any light coming through the air filter when you hold it up to bright sunlight, it’s time for a new one.

Keep a steady pace

If you constantly speed up and slow down according to the traffic patterns, these habits can quickly burn through your fuel. Instead, accelerate smoothly and steadily when starting off and try to find a steady speed that minimizes the need to shift gears while travelling.

Don’t use the air-conditioning this summer

Turn off the air conditioning and wind down the windows to save fuel when you’re driving at low speeds. At higher speeds, the open windows create wind resistance. In this scenario, more fuel is burned, and it makes more sense to keep the windows up and the air on.

By using these tips, you’ll save money on fuel and, in some cases, become a safer driver!

Useful resources:

Find the cheapest petrol station nearest your current location!

www.petrolprices.com – A website that you can sign up for FREE and find the lowest fuel prices in the local area via postcode. If you plan a journey correctly you could fill up at the CHEAPEST petrol station on route. If you were going to drive from Brighton – London then perhaps the petrol station half way could save you £6.00 in total?

Two phone application that help find the cheapest fuel while out and about. (Plenty of FREE too but not as reliable)

Petrol Prices Pro  – £2.99

Fuel Smart UK  – £0.69

You might be thinking “I’m not paying for a petrol app” but what if you could save 6p per litre (£3.00 per tank) would you change your mind? If you only saved 3p per litre you would save about £1.50 per tank. ( This is based on an average 50 litre tank). Use the app all year and, well………SAVE £££££££££


Peter has received many accreditation's including many from the Times Online. As founder of You Could Save (2005) , What Stationers (2007) and more recently, Peter Millikin (2018). Peter regularly helps consumers and national organisation ‘save money’. He believes that the only successful way to bring people together online is to provide an open marketplace where people can all work together in a friendly, unbiased environment.

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