By Denna Bowman
Drivers can save money and stay safe on the roads by following Autoquake.com’s New Year Resolutions.
The UK’s largest online used car retailer offers tips, like making sure car tyres are properly inflated, to make driving in 2010 cheaper and more enjoyable.
Fredrik Skantze, founder of the internet company, said: “These aren’t the usual ‘lose weight’ or ‘join the gym’ promises. These resolutions will save you money, keep you safe, or just make the roads a nicer place in 2010.”
The tips include:
Check your tyres – don’t take the condition of your tyres for granted. Check the tyres pressures once a week. A properly inflated tyre will last longer, grip better and make your car more economical. Keep an eye on the tread depth, too. There should be at least 1.6mm of tread across the middle 75% of the tyre. Go below this minimum standard and you can expect reduced grip and greater stopping distances in wet weather. Oh, and if you get caught the fine may be up to £2500 per tyre.
Check your car’s oil level – engines need oil. Let the level run too low and you could cause hundreds or even thousands of pounds of damage to your engine. Check the oil level once a week. It only takes a few moments and it’s easy to do. With the engine cold and the car parked on level ground, pull out the dipstick, wipe it clean, then replace it. Remove it again and check that the oil is between the minimum and maximum marks on the dipstick. Top up the level if necessary without over-filling.
Drive more economically – learn to drive more efficiently and you could slash your fuel bills. Obey the speed limit, don’t rev the engine hard and change gear a little earlier. Anticipate traffic and leave more of a gap to the car in front to keep accelerating and braking to a minimum. Recent research by What Car? has shown that following this advice reduces fuel consumption by an average of 21%. That’s enough to knock £344 off a typical annual fuel bill.