15 ways to keep the cost of driving down

How to save money after buying a car on finance

Whether you've jut brought your 10th or 1st car, you may be surprised at some of the additional costs you incur once you get your wheels on the road.

We’ve put together 15 of the best ways to reduce the costs of driving in order to save you as much money as possible!

Used car on a country road

Get Eco Friendly

If you have a standard petrol or diesel car you could save money by trying to drive under 30mph as much as possible.

This also works out to be better for the environment which means you’re saving two things at once!

 

Go eco with a used car

Ask Around

If you need any repair work, asking friends and family for any recommendations can end up cheaper and simpler.

Make sure you check your warranty first so that any work doesn’t void it - as if it does it could end up costing more in the long term.

 

Use a garage to reduce insurance costs

Keep it Safe

Your insurance may be lower if you park your car in a driveway or garage. If you've got one, use it!


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Use Another Car

Being insured on another vehicle could bring down your premium as it shows you don’t use one car all the time, and that other view you as reliable.

Beware though, it could end up more expensive depending on insurance providers, so do your research and shop around!

 

In-car technology can reduce costs of fuel

Use In-car Technology

A lot of newer vehicles are now equipped with technology that helps improve their efficiency. Your vehicle may alert when to change gear, or help with parking in a tight space - make use of this where possible.

 

Have Regular Services

Getting into the habit of regular services can ensure your car is in the best possible working condition. This could help reduce any potential future problems which could amount to high cost if left unnoticed 

 

Remove excess weigh to cut fuel consumption

Lose Weight

Reducing the weight of your load will have a positive impact on fuel efficiency.

Take off any unused roof boxes, bike racks or even remove random items out of the boot to use less fuel when you travel.

 

Plan Journeys Carefully

Invest in a sat nav or use the a map app on your smartphone along with an in-car phone holder.

This will save fuel as you use the most direct, traffic-free route whilst saving yourself the embarrassment of asking for directions!

Use a sat nav to save fuel consumption

Walk or Use Public Transport

As simple as it sounds, the easiest way to keep driving costs down is by, well, not driving at all!

Whilst it may sound counterproductive if you’ve just invested in a car but sometimes walking, taking the bus or train can be cheaper, especially on short journeys which may have bus lanes and tram lines to break through the traffic you may be queuing in during rush hour especially.

Make sure you still use your vehicle though, as you don’t your car battery to could go flat


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Keep Moving

It is more efficient to keep your car moving, as braking turns fuel into thermal waste.

Try to void sudden braking, and instead slow down to a roll and stay a good distance behind other vehicles.

Reduce speed and driving costs

Stick to Speed Limits

This one’s simple: the faster you go the more fuel is used. Not only are speed limits essential for drivers’ safety, they also act as a good guide for fuel usage.

Driving at 50mph, for example, saves up to 15% more fuel than at 60mph! It is also good to note that fluctuating between speeds can be just as bad for fuel. Try and staying at a constant speed, with minimal sudden braking. 

 

Combine Trips

To save time and effort (as well as fuel) combine short stops into one journey.

Visiting a friend? Why not go shopping on the way back instead of waiting until the next day?

Once you're out, stay out, to avoid having to 'pop' out later and restart your engine unnecessarily. 

Analyse your fuel costs

Analyse Fuel Usage

Keep a note of how much you are spending on fuel each week to see how your fuel costs change each week depending on what you got up to. This way you can get a grip on which driving habits help you to spend less on fuel each week. 

Its also great to note that depending on your vehicle you could save money by only filling up from an empty tank rather than putting in a couple of quid each week. You can get a better idea of this once you start to analyse spending and petrol usage each week or few days. 

 

Shop Around for Insurance

Insurance will probably be the most expensive running cost aside from fuel, so using price comparison sites for the cheapest option is a simple way to reduce this cost.

Make sure when you are using filters on these sites to refine your search you are totally honest and realistic.

Reduce the cost of driving

Add Extra Drivers

Another way to cut down on insurance can be to add other drivers to your policy, with parents and other experienced drivers being the best choices.

Make sure that you’re aware of any restrictions this could add to your policy and don’t be tempted to add someone else as the main driver if they’re not. This may be a short term benefit in reducing the cost, however this could end up invalidating your insurance when you actually come to use it. 

These tips should help you keep the costs of driving down after purchasing your car on finance. Head over to our Facebook or Twitter to let us know of any tips and hacks you have to save money on the cost of driving, we’d love to hear and share as many tips as possible!

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