January 18th, 2013 in Money Saving Tips
We all know that petrol is expensive and, quite frankly, it ain’t getting cheaper. But if you’re spending around £2,000 a year on petrol like other commuters in the UK, there have got to be some savings to be made. So today, I’ve come up with 5 ingenious ways you can save money on gas.
1. Clear out the boot!
The heavier your car is, the more you need to put the pedal to the metal and consume more petrol. I suggest clearing out your boot. We usually have lots of junk in our trunk and things that we don’t need. You’ve got your golf clubs in there but when was the last night you actually played golf? A lot of people have tools in their boot but if you don’t need them – clear them out!
2. Keep your tyres inflated
If your tyres are not fully inflated, you increase the drag on your car (the force pulling your car back). This requires more petrol when accelerating so savings can be made by topping your tyres up with air regularly.
3. Find the cheapest petrol
Different petrol garages have different prices for their petrol but fortunately there is a website called Petrol Prices (http://www.petrolprices.com/)that allows you to find the cheapest petrol near you. But don’t travel miles to the find the cheapest petrol garage or you’ll burn fuel to drive there and your saving will be miniscule.
4. Cashback Schemes
There are a few credit card companies out there that give you cashback on petrol. Cashback is like receiving a discount except the money you save is deposited into your bank account so you can see how much you have saved altogether. I recommend the Santander 123 Cashback which offers a 3% cashback on petrol (and 1% for supermarkets).
5. Is It Cheaper To Fill Up At Night?
Word around the petrol stations is that you get a bit more extra petrol at night. Something to do with the petrol pumps and how the volume changes when it’s colder at night. It could be an urban myth or it could be a golden saving tip!
Daniel Tannenbaum is a marketing executive for instalment loans company, wizzcash.com.