Following the latest increase in fuel prices due to the new rate of VAT, the FOXY Lady Drivers Club is urging women drivers to follow its simple tips to save some cash.
From pumping up their tyres to losing some weight (not personally of course), female motorists could save themselves pounds at the pumps, according to FOXY.
The clubs practical tips include:
Pump up your tyres – Commonsense from a safety point of view but did you know that that under-inflated tyres can reduce fuel economy by some 5% and increase tyre wear by as much as 25%. Get into the habit of checking your tyres visually before you get in your car tyres are too expensive to neglect and where you see a problem get it sorted out immediately to save money and fuel (and stay safer on the roads of course…)
Lose some weight – No we aren’t suggesting you lose a few pounds but if you did, you would increase your car’s fuel consumption in the same way as if you removed any unnecessary weight like heavy golf clubs in your boot. And the same goes for roof racks and bicycle carriers because they create wind resistance so your engine needs more fuel to perform, even when the racks or carriers are empty.
Change oil regularly – Clean oil reduces engine wear that would otherwise be caused by the friction of moving mechanical parts and it can reduce fuel consumption as a result. Use dirty oil and the metal debris it collects will cause expensive engine damage in the end. If you change the oil yourself, remember to buy and use the right type and grade of oil and change it as recommended in the car’s handbook.
Keep an eye on your speed – Of course you don’t speed, but if you happened to on a motorway for example, you’d be tearing up tenners at a very rapid rate. Drive at 90mph rather than 70mph and you will spend £1.20 more on fuel every 8 minutes (this is for illustrative purposes only we all know it’s illegal to drive this fast and too expensive to risk getting caught…).
Denna Bowman, Head Office