In today's economic climate, more and more of us have to face tough decisions on our daily finances. As we look to cut costs wherever possible, it is inevitable that our thoughts should at some stage turn to our vehicles.
With rising fuels costs and high levels of tax on the road, the cost of keeping a car on the road is a very real dilemma for many of us. However, with a little planning and thought it is possible to cut down on the cost of using the road. Here, we look at a number of ways in which you can reduce the impact that driving has on your finances.
Drive a More Efficient Car
Few people realise that Hybrid Cars are about more than saving the planet – in truth, they are a huge money saver. Not only will you see a dramatic reduction in the amount of fuel that you use, the reduced emissions will see you doing your wallet a favour as congestions charges and road taxes are waived.
Unlike years ago when green technology in cars was relatively new, hybrid cars are now capable of performing extremely well. New cars from Lexus demonstrate the possibility of creating a car which respects the environment without compromising on the enjoyment of driving.
Drive More Efficiently
No matter what vehicle we are driving, the way in which we operate our car has a huge impact on the amount of fuel that we use and, therefore, on the amount that using the road costs us. Being as efficient as possible with fuel use is relatively straightforward if you follow a few simple rules.
First of all, try to avoid unnecessary acceleration. If you can anticipate having to break in a moment's time, any acceleration constitutes a waste of fuel. Second, when you are stopped for a long period of time, cut the engine. Over the course of a year on the road, the savings are worth your while. Finally, be sure to use the correct gear. Travelling steadily at 40mph may seem economical, but not if you are in second gear. Your engine should not be working hard unless you are accelerating. If it is, try changing gear.
Consider Alternative Modes of Transport
For many people, owning a car is something of a necessity. However, just because owning a vehicle may be necessary does not mean that it makes sense to use it all of the time. If your journey is short, consider walking or cycling. For longer journeys, check the cost of travelling by rail – you may be pleasantly surprised by the savings you make. Save the use of your car for travelling with the family, where train travel would become expensive.