Practical Ways To Increase Your Fuel Economy For Free


Let’s face it; everyone likes free stuff. Whether it be trying out free samples of products like food and drink, or free products when we spend a certain amount of money at the shops. Even at many supermarkets if we buy a certain amount of groceries, we sometimes get given vouchers which can help us save a few pence per litre off the price of petrol and diesel from their branded filling stations.

When it comes to free stuff for car owners, we don’t often get the opportunity to take advantage of anything particularly useful or significant (apart from fuel-saving vouchers at the supermarket). We might get the odd discounted MOT if we book in our cars to be serviced at the same time, but that’s about it really.

Whilst I cannot personally offer you free petrol or diesel for your car, what I can offer you is some useful hints and tips to help you get more out of your fuel so that you spend less time filling up your tank and emptying your wallet!

Buy fuel from supermarket-branded filling stations

It is a well-known fact that supermarket-branded filling stations offer cheaper petrol and diesel than other branded filling stations from the likes of BP, Shell and so on. The good thing about buying supermarket-branded fuel is that, as mentioned earlier, you will often get discount vouchers to use the next time you fill up when you spend a certain amount of money buying your weekly shop from the supermarket. There is a lot of debate as to whether you should buy your fuel from supermarket-branded filling stations or not, but the truth is the basic fuel for all filling stations comes from the same refineries.

If you are concerned about whether there aren’t as many chemical additives in supermarket fuels as there are from branded filling stations, you could always add a bottle of fuel system cleaner to every 4 or so tankfuls of petrol or diesel.

Pump up your tyres

Something that a lot of people don’t realise is that if your tyres are not pumped up to the recommended pressures, your car’s engine will have to work harder to attain your desired speeds due to the amount of extra drag produced by your under-inflated tyres.

You should check your tyre pressures on a weekly basis (say every Sunday). Not only is this a good way of ensuring your tyres are pumped up correctly, but you can also identify if you’ve got a puncture on any of them.

Don’t be a speed demon

It might be tempting to go for a ‘spirited’ drive down the motorway, but did you know that the faster you drive your car, the more fuel it uses? If you do a lot of motorway driving, one thing you could do is drive at 60mph and use cruise control if your car has this feature. According to Hilton car supermarket, cruise control will also help you to save on fuel because the car will automatically determine the best engine speeds to be set at when travelling at a specific speed.

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