With petrol prices set to rise even higher when the planned increase in fuel duty comes into effect in April, it’s worth remembering that making sure your tyres are in tip-top condition can help you get more miles out of a tank of fuel.
Making sure your tyres are properly inflated is one of the simplest – and cheapest ways of increasing your fuel-efficiency. According to the AA when you drive on under-inflated tyres, you will use 5.8% more petrol in a small car than if you take the trouble to keep them fully pumped up.
All it takes is a few minutes and a few pence at your nearest garage to use their air pump – some of them don’t even charge – to make sure that your tyres are inflated to the level recommended by your vehicle’s manufacturer (you can find this information in the handbook or on a panel inside the drivers door jam).
Other simple measures, like reducing the weight of your car by emptying the boot of unnecessary luggage and taking the roof rack off when it’s not needed, also mean your car will burn less fuel.
And even driving in the correct gear and avoiding slamming on the brakes will help you to stop your car guzzling too much gas.
Denna Bowman, Head Office