As Brits begin to feel the cost of living crisis in the coming months, we’re sharing some useful driving hacks to help people cut the cost of driving
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Inflation, rising energy bills and the fact that the government is being criticized for not doing enough to meet these costs means that loose change could soon be hard to come by.
Drivers can also expect an increase in VED tax from April. With all of this, it’s useful to have a few tricks up your sleeve when it comes to saving money on driving and keeping your car in good shape.
automobile business Peter Wardy shared some tips of her own. So, what handy tricks can you use to save money when using your car?
Avoiding unnecessary trips
Short journeys are both unnecessary for the environment and a needless waste of fuel.
If the shop or place you need to get to is nearby, consider walking.
It helps your fitness, is better for the environment, and saves you pennies more.
Of course some people can’t travel very far due to health reasons, so it can make sense to travel with a friend or neighbor and split the cost with them.
Pay your road tax annually
Paying your road tax annually could save you £29 a year, according to Peter Vardy.
They said: “Although it is easier to spread the cost of road tax, it costs more in the long run. If you save to pay for them in one lump sum, you can save £29 a year.”
People should remember to pay VED before early April as taxes will increase then.
Ever heard of the expression “drop the spare tire”? Well don’t do that as you might need it one day.
However, you can reduce the unnecessary weight of your car because the heavier it is, the more fuel it consumes.
Any items in your car that you absolutely don’t need can probably be removed and it will help.
Compare the Market said, “Removing roof racks or roof boxes also reduces drag and therefore fuel economy.”
Use supermarket garages
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Using supermarket garages is cheaper and it has been calculated that people could save up to £74.10 a year in total.
Avoid using branded gas stations if you can to save a little extra cash.
Do you own a car maintenance?
It may seem too easy, but keeping your car in good condition will save you money.
Check your car regularly and nip any problem in the bud before it gets worse. As a rule of thumb, the bigger the repair, the bigger the bill.
Vardy said: “By doing your own regular car maintenance checks, identifying standard wear and tear and fixing it before it becomes a problem, you can avoid paying the average annual repair cost of £574.”
Avoid premium fuel
The auto industry claims that some cars just aren’t worth paying for premium fuel. People tend to do this as the theory goes that it is more efficient in the long run.
However, they said: “Dealers often claim that premium fuel offers performance and economy benefits and can even protect your engine.
“In reality, unless you drive a high-performance vehicle, you’re unlikely to see many improvements – but you’re paying an average of 10p more per liter.
Keep car insurance bills low
According to Money Saving Expert, the golden rule is never to automatically renew your car insurance.
This is because there may be a better deal out there and you should haggle for new insurance as thoroughly as possible.
It’s better to get quotes directly from insurance companies and you can haggle for any quote to make it cheaper than quotes on price comparison sites.
You should then see if cashback sites can beat the offers given to you.
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