The Smart Ways to Spend Less on Petrol


The price of petrol is something which causes a headache for many of us these days. Whether you travel a lot or just drive a little, you are sure to want to find a way to cut down on the amount you spend on this stuff. The following are some of the best ways to save money on petrol smartly.

Find the Lowest Cost Locally

Do you automatically drive to the same petrol station every time you fill up? This is something that many of us do without even thinking about it but it could be costing you money. Prices vary greatly from one place to another and the cheapest one today might not be such good value next week. Probably the simplest way to keep track of the local petrol prices is through a smartphone app. There are some different ones about and while they all have their good points and their bad points, the principle behind them is the same. They will give you a list or a map of the petrol stations in your area and show you what price each of them is currently charging.

Don’t Stray Too Far From Your Route

You might find that you can shave a few pence off your petrol bill by going to the next town along but is it really worth it? You need to work out how much you could save on a trip like this and then compare it to how much you would spend to go to the petrol station. A good idea is to work out where you are going to fill up before you leave home each morning, as this means that you can pop in on the way to work or on the way home.

Stop Idling

Of course, saving money on petrol doesn’t just mean finding the lowest price around. It also means not wasting petrol. One way you can do this very simply is by not leaving your engine idle so much. Most experts agree that if you are going to be stationary for more than a minute it is a good idea to switch off the engine. As well as spending less on your fuel you will also be helping the planet by doing this.

Keep the Tyres Pumped Up

You might be rather surprised to find that the pressure of your tyres can make quite a difference to the amount of petrol you use. This is completely true and it has been calculated that if your tyre pressure isn’t great you could be spending up to 3% more than you need to on fuel. Getting the right tyre pressure also means you will be driving more safely too.

Don’t Let It Get Too Dirty

I was a bit surprised to find that some people believe that driving around in a dirty car is more fuel efficient. The idea goes that the filth turns into dimples like on a golf ball. This isn’t even remotely true. The real answer to saving a little bit of money is to keep the car clean. Research suggests that you can lose up to 10% of your fuel efficiency with a dirty car which has more drag.

Think About the Windows

If you roll down the windows on your car it creates a small amount of drag which adversely affects your fuel efficiency. Using the air conditioning can also mean spending more on fuel so what should you do on a hot day? The best answer I could find is that if you are travelling at over 50 mph you should use the air conditioning to stay cool. If you are driving at a lower speed then lowering the windows is your best bet.

Do you have other tips for saving money on petrol?

6 Responses to The Smart Ways to Spend Less on Petrol

  1. I had no idea that a dirty car reduces fuel efficiency! Ugh. I guess I better get on that – my car has certainly seen cleaner days. And weeks. And, quite honestly, months. ;oP

    • Robert Bell says:

      I only recently found that out as well Mel. All these years I have been driving a dirty car with loads of drag on it

  2. moneystepper says:

    Great tips – most people think that the price at the pump is what dictates the cost of petrol. However, driving that extra 5 miles to save 1p a litre is nothing compared to what the impact of flat tyres can have on your petrol consumption!

  3. I think these are useful tips, but perhaps the best tip would be to stop with Petrol altogether. Those latest cars from Tesla have impressed me.

    • Robert Bell says:

      That’s a very good point Natalia. It will be interesting to see how eletric car sales pick up in the next few years

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