17 Simple Ways to Save Money on Driving

When your only income is your student loan - perhaps a part-time job to supplement it - it can be a huge drain of your money to run a car as a student.

However, the unfortunate fact is that depending on where you live and if you have to move to Yoni, owning a car is simply the necessary expense you need.

Fortunately, there are many ways in which you can reduce your monthly expenses in cars. Studies have found that you can save up to 30% of gasoline costs if you make some small changes to your driving habits. And who do not want it, eh?

1. Keep your tires inflated

The low tire pressure of the "drag" increases (it's a physical thing - please do not ask us to explain it, because we can not). This leads to the use of your vehicle for more fuel, not to mention the fact that it is very dangerous.

By making sure your tires are inflated to the recommended pressure (you'll find this in the User's Guide or the screen on your door), you can save about 3% of fuel costs.

Believe it or not, air is not always free and some petrol stations will charge a fee for tire inflation, so make sure you are ready to pack in advance! You do not want to waste money on something you can get for free anywhere else.

2. Driving slowly and steadily

As far as pretending that you are Lewis Hamilton next, the quick driving will cost you a lot of money. Of course, exceeding the speed limit is dangerous and illegal and can see you fined too!

Driving at 80 miles an hour can use as much as 25 percent of gasoline compared to 70 miles an hour, while driving at speeds of 70 miles per hour and fuel up to 9 percent of 60 miles per hour.

Maintaining a more consistent speed rather than accelerating and slowing fuel consumption continuously also provides gasoline consumption (in addition, it is less troublesome for everyone around you).

3. Do not use too much brake

Although we do not recommend that you avoid using brakes, be aware that excessive use can increase fuel consumption. Staying at a safe distance from the driver in front and anticipating connections means you can get rid of the accelerator, instead of pressing the brakes.

Also, avoid using your brake too much in speed bumps. Braking strongly, then quickly accelerates over bumps used large amounts of gasoline. Try to maintain a constant rate of 15 to 20 miles per hour, as it will not only improve fuel economy, but will also make it more smooth.

4. Do not fined

This may seem quite obvious as you want to get a fine course! But there are a few small things you might forget that could put you at risk of being charged for driving.

For example, you are legally obliged to update your license image every ten years, regardless of how much your appearance changes at that time.

Monitor the expiration date of your photo card license - If you are driving an expired card, you may end up being fined £ 1,000. And with the appearance of passport photographs to grab at 15 pm, you will not really have any excuse!

5. Pay your vehicle tax annually

There are a few different payment options available for your vehicle tax, some are cheaper than others.

If you choose to pay by direct debit every six months or per month, you'll incur an additional 5%. Paying by direct debit annually is the cheapest option.

If you can not pay everything in advance, another option would be to set up a permanent order to pay your money instead of the taxman and ask them to pay in advance for you.

Obviously this option will not work for everyone, but if you assume that you're proposing to avoid an additional 5% cost, they may be ready to help you!

6. Keep your MOT cheap

As you may know or do not know, by law you need to get your MOT'd car after three years of registration (four if you live in Northern Ireland) and then every year thereafter. The MOT experience may be extremely painful or completely pain free, depending on how you handle your car.

For a start, give the car once before you take it to see if there is anything broken that you can repair yourself - use the car guide as a reference. Even the smallest problems can cause your MOT to fail, which means that you'll have to pay to recover them once things are fixed.

It is also true that some garages that offer MOTs may say you need to do the job while another says you have passed - it depends only on whether they have a quiet day or need to work overtime.

Your best choice is to take your car to a smaller MOT center run by the board and do no internal repairs. Since they do not benefit from pressuring additional funds from you, they are more likely to be honest when telling you about the condition of your vehicle.


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