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Save Money on Fuel this Bank Holiday weekend

As we gear up for the May bank holiday weekend in Ireland the price of fuel is on the minds of most drivers, so here are some ways you can save this weekend

According to a recent survey motorists could see themselves better off to the tune of €1,000 a year by applying four simple fuel saving measures

These are:

  • Removing the roof-top cargo box (20 per cent)
  • Shopping around for fuel (7 per cent)
  • Checking and optimising tyre pressures every month (4 per cent)
  • Removing excess weight from inside the car (2 per cent)

The survey of 5,700 people from across Europe showed that 76 per cent of motorists do not regularly check tyres, 38 per cent never remove roof storage equipment, 18 per cent never shop around, and 17 per cent always leave extra items in the car.

The poll also revealed further opportunities to cut fuel consumption – 71 per cent of drivers admit breaking speed limits, 42 per cent never choose the most economical route, 39 per cent drive aggressively, and 14 per cent leave the air conditioning on all the time.

 

So save yourself some money this May Bank holiday  with some more euro saving tips

 

  • One of the easiest and most effective ways to conserve fuel is to change driving styles. Change up into a higher gear as soon as its possible, correct use of gears can save you up to 15% of your fuel bill
  • Switch off your engine if you have to wait longer than 60 seconds.
  • Driving just 8 km/h over the speed limit can affect fuel consumption by 23% , the most fuel efficient speed is 75-80 km/h.
  • Don’t rev the engine! Revving the engine whilst stationary does nothing except waste fuel.
  • Plan Ahead, anticipate stop signs and lights, the less you have to stop, the better your fuel economy.
  • Use air con sparingly but at speeds of over 80 km/h, use of air conditioning is better than an open window.
  • Don’t linger in low gears Getting into the highest gear you can, at the lowest possible speed, will save you fuel.
  • Buy fuel in units of litres, not euros. It is easier to decide where the best value is.
    Use cruise control during extended trips on motorways, you save fuel by maintaining a consistent speed.
  • Service your car regularly.
  • Use your handbrake on hills. Riding the clutch wastes fuel and dramatically reduces the life of the clutch. With an automatic transmission, use your handbrake, not the accelerator, to hold against an incline.
  • Avoid travelling during rush hour: That helps to reduce fuel-gulping patterns such as starting, stopping and idling.

 

Geraldine Herbert

4th May, 2018

 

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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