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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
Hey everyone. I know I am fed up of the stupid prices of petrol. So heres a few ways to save some money/fuel. I got this by email but I think the original is from MSE so thank you to whoever produced it:

Cheap Petrol & Diesel

It's possible to make big improvements by making minor tweaks to your vehicle. It's estimated that someone who averages 35 miles per gallon (in old money) could get 40 mpg by driving better, a near 15% saving. Thanks to the RAC for help with the efficiency improvement data.

Keep your tyres correctly inflated. Efficiency Improvement: Up to 3%
Lower tyre pressure increases the drag on a car meaning you need more fuel, so regularly check the pressures are correct and your car needs less oomph to keep it moving.

Declutter your car. Efficiency Improvement: Up to 2%
The lighter your car is, the less effort it needs to make to accelerate. Therefore, by decluttering, clearing out junk from the boot, and not carrying unnecessary weight, you can make extra savings.

Take your roof rack off. Efficiency Improvement: Up to 2%
A roof rack, even unused, adds massive wind resistance to a car, increasing drag and making the engine work harder. So if you don't need it, take it and anything else that's inefficient off. Even closing the windows'll make the car run slightly more efficiently.

Turn off the air con. Efficiency Improvement: Up to 8% Air conditioning also uses an incredible amount of fuel, so make sure it's turned off unless you really need it. The exact savings depend on the type you've got, manual air conditioning is the worst, but even climate control can use up to 4% of fuel. Also, dont keep the engine running; drive off as soon as you start up and switch off the engine as soon as you reach your destination.

Don't fill it up. Efficiency Improvement: Up to 1%
Fuel is heavy, so by filling the car up you're adding quite a weight. The less fuel your car has in it, the more efficiently it drives. Thus filling up slightly more often and putting less in (to 1/2 or 3/4 full) will make the car run more efficiently.

There's an easy way to find the cheapest forecourt in your area for petrol, diesel and LPG (plus more). Go to the free website Petrolprices.com, register, enter your postcode & tell it how far youre willing to travel (2, 5, 10 or 20 miles) and itll list todays cheapest petrol stations in your area for unleaded, diesel, LPG and other fuels. A quick check before you need to fill up should be enough to save you serious cash.
In May 08, for a sample postcode the average price within a 10 mile radius was £1.11, the highest price was £1.17p and the cheapest price £1.07p; this type of variance is typical regardless of the price. While the difference is only pennies, in percentage terms that means 5% cost cutting is possible, so for someone who fills up £50 a week it's a reduction of well over £100 a year.

Where does its info come from?



Other filling up tips.

There are other ways to cut the cost too:

Always fill up at least fifty miles before your tank's dry.

This way theres no panic and youve enough time to get to a cheaper petrol station. Leave it longer and youll fill up at the next one I see, and that means you're not focused on the fuel price. Of course this is slightly offset by the fact that a lighter car uses less fuel, but with 50 miles of fuel left, the difference is miniscule.

Only use better fuel if your car can cope.

Many stations sell high performance fuels, yet theres little or no performance difference for most non-performance cars; so only fill up with the super-fuels if you've a sports car that you've been specifically advised will actually utilise the petrol correctly.

Fill up at night, but dont overfill.

This is a slight urban myth, as the differences are miniscule, pennies at best. Petrol pumps are calibrated by volume, so fill up at night when its cold and you get a tiny tiny extra bit.

Don't try and put more in after the clunk.

While filling up to full isn't great as it adds weight to the car (see make your car more efficient), yet if you must, don't keep going after the petrol nozzle 'clunks', because you're overfilling.


Buying fuel is the biggest single regular expenditure that most people make by plastic or cash. This means that there are opportunities to increase the saving by the way it's paid for.

Pay with a cashback/fuel credit card.

Credit card reward schemes pay you back each time you spend on the card; so set up a Direct Debit to pay it off in full, so there's no interest charge, and you gain. Each time you spend on a cashback you can get up to 5% of your outlay back, which quickly adds up. Currently Amex Platinum* pays 5% for the first three months followed by tiered rates up to 1.5%, see the Best Cashback Cards guide for more info.
For those who buy petrol at Asda, the ASDA credit card* gives 2p off every litre bought at an ASDA forecourt, and since these tend to be competitive anyway this works out to be a good saving. There's also a Shell* scheme, where it rewards you in cashback off Shell fuel purchases, it gives 3% on Shell fuel purchases and 1% on all other spending. If you consistently use Shell stations this is also a good long-term card.

Grab supermarket petrol promotions.

Supermarkets commonly do petrol promotions, and as they're usually cheap for fuel anyway, utilising these schemes means you can save. Usually these take the form of "spend £20 and get 5p off voucher" deals. If this is the case, do ensure if you're spending more e.g. £60, that you pay for your shopping in three tranches to get three vouchers. The best of these promotions are always included in the free weekly MoneySaving e-mail.

Use loyalty schemes.

Buying petrol is a regular outlay, and you spend more on it in a year than you think (e.g £30 a week is £1,500 a year!). As many petrol stations (including the supermarket ones) run some form of loyalty scheme, it's worth signing up for the schemes for the forecourts you'll use most regularly to get a little bit extra back.
However, never choose a petrol station just for its loyalty scheme, as the difference is small compared to petrol price variance (also see the Increase Your Loyalty Stash article).
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8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
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#1
I think one of the most important things about saving petrol is thinking about the way you drive.

I see many people who tend to be accelerate and brake people. They speed off from the lights, then have to brake hard at the next lights a hundred yards away. Then they speed off again, and have to brake hard at the next lights or roundabout.

There is a long straight road near where I live, about 4 miles long, and there are traffic lights, roundabouts, zebra crossings etc all along it.

When driving down it I tend to drive fairly steadily, mild acceleration and mild braking. But you get these people who have to be first way at the lights, then hard brake at the next lights.

Normally we reach the end of this 4 mile section of road at the same time. Main difference is that they have used 10% more petrol than me.
#2
Do pretty much all of this since petrol prices went through the roof. Depending on the engine of your car it'll be more efficient around a certain speed, so don't fly down motorways. The difference between doing 90 on a motorway and 60 was massive in terms of fuel consumption. I rarely go above 60 these days unless I have a very good excuse. My little 1 litre car's efficiency probably peaks at around this speed so doing any more would be pointless.

I 'coast' (i.e. drive in neutral) whenever possible, e.g. down steep hills. This is against the highway code I think, but apparently this was only when old cars used a different braking system and braking would suffer when not in gear. I have no problem breaking whilst in neutral at all.
#3
I drive a 1.2 and I used to drive 70-80 on the motorway and I averaged 40mpg...Now I stick to 60mph and no quick acceleration - now I average 47mpg - I can fill up on £20 a week to get me to work and back.

I follow most of the points made by the OP
#4
Turn off the air con. Efficiency Improvement: Up to 8% Air conditioning also uses an incredible amount of fuel, so make sure it's turned off unless you really need it. The exact savings depend on the type you've got, manual air conditioning is the worst, but even climate control can use up to 4% of fuel. Also, dont keep the engine running; drive off as soon as you start up and switch off the engine as soon as you reach your destination.


I was once told that it is more efficient to drive with the windows closed and air con on rather than with it off and drive with the windows open. Logic being that with the windows open it creates drag which must be overcome to maintain the same speed, hence more fuel is used to do this.
#5
TGB
I rarely go above 60 these days unless I have a very good excuse. My little 1 litre car's efficiency probably peaks at around this speed so doing any more would be pointless.



A bit unfairdoing 60 on a motorway just to save a pound or so, you doing 60, tricks doing 62 (take ages to overtake you and the thirl lane is full of people doing 71! The rest of us get held up for ages :x
#6
MANJ_007
A bit unfairdoing 60 on a motorway just to save a pound or so, you doing 60, tricks doing 62 (take ages to overtake you and the thirl lane is full of people doing 71! The rest of us get held up for ages :x


Don't worry, I hate people holding up traffic as much as the next person. I generally only need to travel on motorways these days during the day when there's very few cars around, so doing 60 works fine and holds up no one. :thumbsup:
#7
TGB
Don't worry, I hate people holding up traffic as much as the next person. I generally only need to travel on motorways these days during the day when there's very few cars around, so doing 60 works fine and holds up no one. :thumbsup:


Ok then, just felt like having a go as i was held up this morning! :-D
#8
MANJ_007
A bit unfairdoing 60 on a motorway just to save a pound or so, you doing 60, tricks doing 62 (take ages to overtake you and the thirl lane is full of people doing 71! The rest of us get held up for ages :x


Lane 3 should only ever be used by people going 70mph - as this is the speed limit(!)

So what kind of people are being held up by others going 71??? SPEEDERS!!
#9
Tintern1981
Lane 3 should only ever be used by people going 70mph - as this is the speed limit(!)

So what kind of people are being held up by others going 71??? SPEEDERS!!


Give me a break, how many people do 70 on the motorway, i know what the speed limit is but if ur gonna do 70 do it in the 1st lane, if overtaking, overtake abd then go in the 1st lane, leave the 3rd lane for the SPEEDERS!!!
#10
MANJ_007;2296642
Give me a break, how many people do 70 on the motorway, i know what the speed limit is but if ur gonna do 70 do it in the 1st lane, if overtaking, overtake abd then go in the 1st lane, leave the 3rd lane for the SPEEDERS!!!

My wife borrowed the Sat Nav for a trip. After 30 minutes she pulled over and phoned me to say she thought there was something wrong with her car as it kept playing a warning signal - turned out it was updated Sat Nav software playing a warning sound everytime the speed limit was exceeded by more than 10%!!!!
#11
MANJ_007
Give me a break, how many people do 70 on the motorway, i know what the speed limit is but if ur gonna do 70 do it in the 1st lane, if overtaking, overtake abd then go in the 1st lane, leave the 3rd lane for the SPEEDERS!!!


Speeding is nothing to be proud of, you are putting yourself, everyone else in your car and other road users at risk. I just hope you don't do it with your kids in the car.
#12
Hey everyone. I know I am fed up of the stupid prices of petrol. So heres a few ways to save some money/fuel.


Use a bike for short trips ...
#13
erics
My wife borrowed the Sat Nav for a trip. After 30 minutes she pulled over and phoned me to say she thought there was something wrong with her car as it kept playing a warning signal - turned out it was updated Sat Nav software playing a warning sound everytime the speed limit was exceeded by more than 10%!!!!


:-D

I was testing a new prototype GPS unit earlier in the year, first noticeable bug was the 30mph speed limit on the M6, M25 and a few others. Went nuts. :)
#14
erics
Use a bike for short trips ...


I bought a bike 2 weeks ago, managed to get a brand new non-fancy one for £39 - already built and factory inspected. (floor model + pricing error) :thumbsup:

I've never really used my car for trips up the round / round the corner anyway, I prefer walking short trips as it takes longer to park than it would to walk. Feels good too.
banned#15
I can confirm this was from MSE
#16
Alias?

Anywho, slow down you really only save a few minutes, if that going faster so for those saying that doing 60mph holds you up are talking complete and utter tosh.
#17
Martin-Lewis
I can confirm this was from MSE


lol, banned already!!!
#18
Alfonse
Alias?

Anywho, slow down you really only save a few minutes, if that going faster so for those saying that doing 60mph holds you up are talking complete and utter tosh.


Of course doing 60 on a motorway slows others down, its commom sense! Going faster doesnt hold people up doesnt it? :thinking:
#19
I was watching BBC news last night when they switched onto abc world news, they were talking about "hypermiling". It's a bit of an American thing, but hey, here it is
#20
MANJ_007;2297823
Of course doing 60 on a motorway slows others down, its commom sense! Going faster doesnt hold people up doesnt it? :thinking:


I love holding people up...suckas
#21
MANJ_007;2297823
Of course doing 60 on a motorway slows others down, its commom sense! Going faster doesnt hold people up doesnt it? :thinking:


It does when they cause an accident:thumbsup:
#22
red_dwarfer;2297859
I love holding people up...suckas

I knew someone (a woman) that used to amuse themselves on long motorway trips by holding people up on the third lane and waiting until they were flashing their lights and honking their horn in anger .... and then sticking their foot down and disappearing into the distance. Used to irritate me that they thought this clever thing to do.
#23
I'll never understand people lane hogging when there's virtually no traffic on the road.
#24
Atlast! Some poeple with sense
#25
MANJ_007
Of course doing 60 on a motorway slows others down, its commom sense! Going faster doesnt hold people up doesnt it? :thinking:


So slowing down abit is sooooooo important...............:roll:

40 mile journey (as a possible average for arguments sake)

60mph = 40mins

70mph = 35mins

So you mean to tell me that your 'life and death' car journey means that you can't afford 5mins to slow down right?

How stupid are you, really is that your form of common sense then?

hahahahahahahaha
#26
Alfonse
So slowing down abit is sooooooo important...............:roll:

40 mile journey (as a possible average for arguments sake)

60mph = 40mins

70mph = 35mins

So you mean to tell me that your 'life and death' car journey means that you can't afford 5mins to slow down right?

How stupid are you, really is that your form of common sense then?

hahahahahahahaha


Person in 1st lane doing 60, 2nd lane doing 65 to overtake them, 3rd lane doing 70 to overtake them, they all hold just more than 1 person up so therefore the difference will be alot more than 5 mins! There is no need to drive at 60 on a motorway, use dual carriageways if u want to drive at 60!:whistling:
#27
MANJ_007
Person in 1st lane doing 60, 2nd lane doing 65 to overtake them, 3rd lane doing 70 to overtake them, they all hold just more than 1 person up so therefore the difference will be alot more than 5 mins! There is no need to drive at 60 on a motorway, use dual carriageways if u want to drive at 60!:whistling:


FAIL

The speeds I put up are constants not variables.

So tell me what the hell is so important that you can't leave 5mins earlier then?? lmao

Your logic is great, 'must go as fast as possible and flash my lights at those who stand in my way'...
#28
Speed limit on dual carriageways is 70 too!
#29
if you stuck to ur highway code and drive on the inside lane, leave the other lanes to us so we dont have to flash you out of the way. There is nothing wrong with driving at 80-90mph, its safe if people like u dont hog the lanes. Im not too fussed about saving 50p on my journey, id rather get home earlier!
#30
Tintern1981
Speed limit on dual carriageways is 70 too!


Not all, only if the national speed limit sign is there, otherwise it is 60
#31
Tintern1981
Speed limit on dual carriageways is 70 too!


Was about to say that!
#32
MANJ_007
Not all, only if the national speed limit sign is there, otherwise it is 60


If the national speed limit sign is there it's 70, if not it's whatever sign is in it's place, 60,50,40,30.
#33
MANJ_007
if you stuck to ur highway code and drive on the inside lane, leave the other lanes to us so we dont have to flash you out of the way. There is nothing wrong with driving at 80-90mph, its safe if people like u dont hog the lanes. Im not too fussed about saving 50p on my journey, id rather get home earlier!


LMFAO

So I have to stick to the highway code but you make your own rules and break the speed limit.

hahahahahahahahahaha you idiot.

101 in how to make a fool of yourself.
#34
National Speed limit is 60mph, excluding motorways and dual carriageways which are 70mph.

"There's nothing wrong with driving 80-90mph"???

WTF? What are you on???
#35
Alfonse
LMFAO

So I have to stick to the highway code but you make your own rules and break the speed limit.

hahahahahahahahahaha you idiot.

101 in how to make a fool of yourself.


Ur the one that was saying do 60 and dont speed, so obviously sticking to the highway code, i think u must be the idiot that cant have a rational debate without insulting!
#36
MANJ_007;2298445
if you stuck to ur highway code and drive on the inside lane, leave the other lanes to us so we dont have to flash you out of the way. There is nothing wrong with driving at 80-90mph, its safe if people like u dont hog the lanes. Im not too fussed about saving 50p on my journey, id rather get home earlier!

Why should he stick to the highway code if you are not going to stick to the law?
#37
MANJ_007
Ur the one that was saying do 60 and dont speed, so obviously sticking to the highway code, i think u must be the idiot that cant have a rational debate without insulting!


Yeah keep it coming, because incitement to breaking speed limits is rational and not idiotic is it? Please keep telling everyone its safe to drive at 80-90mph its brilliant.

I don't need to insult you really, you have done that all by yourself.
#38
u slow goers affect all on the motorway, me going 80 odd doesnt affect anybody. Its cos of u guys that people get annoyed and accidents happen. Now u gonna tell me its the speeders that cause all the accidents!
#39
MANJ_007
u slow goers affect all on the motorway, me going 80 odd doesnt affect anybody. Its cos of u guys that people get annoyed and accidents happen. Now u gonna tell me its the speeders that cause all the accidents!


The defence rests.
#40
Alfonse;2298612
The defence rests.


LoL - Nice one

I've agreed with everything you've said :thumbsup:

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