Save fuel on a summer drive

Save fuel on a summer drive 27th June 2014

For many drivers, cutting running costs on their vehicle is important. As such, minimising the amount of fuel used is important for many but this can become a bit tougher if they have a road trip planned for the summer.

Even so, there are plenty of ways to make sure you cover more miles per gallon on a long trip. All it takes is making a few preparations before setting off and bearing a couple of things in mind when on the roads.

The condition of your tyres is an important factor as, being the only part of the car to come into contact with the road, they will affect how your vehicle interacts with the ground below. If your car faces a lot of rolling resistance then this will increase fuel consumption considerably. To reduce this, you need to make sure your tyres are properly inflated according to your manufacturer's guide.

Additionally, get your tyres checked by a professional technician to make sure they are in good condition and have not gained any punctures, or else you will find that air pressure is lost constantly. If this is the case and you don't want to shell out on a new set of tyres then you can invest in a puncture repair service.

You should also be aware of how using other aspects of your vehicle can affect fuel consumption, such as air con. Travelling in the heat can be very uncomfortable so it would be wise to use your air con during your trip even though this does use fuel. To make sure the system uses less petrol, though, you should book in for an air conditioning service if you have not had one for a while.

If your system is fully recharged then less strain will be put on your vehicle while it is in use and, therefore, less fuel will be used. As an extra fuel saving tip, be sure to turn your air con off once your car is cool enough.

Posted by Danielle Barge