Maintaining a car costs a lot. Rising fuel prices, maintenance and repair costs can put a big strain on our household budget. How can we look for savings without giving up driving?
We are not always able to avoid the costs associated with taking our car to the garage. If we want to save at least some money on our vehicle, we should look for a way to reduce the cost of fuel burned or, for example, the use of brake pads. How to do it?
Change of fuel
The first and easiest way to find savings is to change fuel to gas. It has been known for a long time that LPG installation in a car is the best way to cut costs.
Unfortunately, many myths have grown up on this subject. Opponents of this solution talk about the lack of safety, a decrease in the performance of the vehicle, bad impact on the durability of the engine and the cylinder, which takes up the entire trunk. Most of these claims have long since been debunked.
The leader of the LPG system market, AC S.A., under the supervision of independent experts and project partners, has conducted spectacular crash tests of cars fitted with LPG. The results have fully confirmed the safety of LPG installations.
The same is true about other myths: gas does not have a worse impact on the engine than petrol or diesel. It is also untrue to say that a car running on gas has a much lower performance. This is the legacy of the old mixing installations. Today, the drop in power, if any, is less than five percent. The size of the cylinder that we put in the trunk also depends on our choice.
The second step on our path to lowering the cost of car ownership is learning to drive economically. Instead of starting from the lights with a squeal of tires and setting up for a race at every intersection, it is better to develop the habit of starting smoothly and quickly changing to a higher gear.
Dynamic, non-violent driving will not only save on fuel, but also reduce the wear and tear on brake pads and transmission components.
The method of braking is also important – when approaching an intersection, instead of driving on people, or even worse, sudden braking, it is better to slowly reduce gear and let the car reach its destination.
It is also a senseless habit to start the engine while scraping the windows in winter. We waste a lot of fuel, and the car will not have time to warm up anyway, if it will be standing still.
What else can we do to make the car cost us less money? Take care to get rid of unnecessary items.
Each additional weight has an impact on increased fuel consumption. While it may not be a very noticeable change, it’s better to get rid of all the unnecessary stuff in your trunk. Windshield washer fluid, a bag of tools or a couple of cases of water – you don’t need all that stuff when you’re driving every day. The fluids can be kept in the garage, and the unnecessary stuff can be taken to the basement or stored in a cupboard.
An additional problem is unused bike racks and other things mounted outside the car. If you do not use them, it is better to take a moment to remove them. They increase air resistance, so the fuel consumption is much higher, especially when driving outside the city.
One thing that Polish drivers tend to forget about is tyre pressure. Underinflated tires not only expose us to damage the rims during a sudden maneuver, but also increase fuel consumption.
It is also important that we do not delay with changing the tires when the season comes. Winter tires wear out faster on hot asphalt. Failure to change the tires on time also results in higher fuel consumption, so we should pay more attention to that.