Getting the most out of your vehicle is essential in these tough economic times. The petrol price is climbing steadily, the cost of electricity is always on the up and food prices just keep getting higher.
More and more people are choosing to buy pre owned cars, so it is essential you know how to get the best possible performance from your older car. It is important that you know how to maximise performance as you’ll likely be driving your car for longer than you had originally planned.
By following a few easy tips you can improve your car’s performance and save a little bit of money.
Keep those windows closed
Driving with open windows increases drag and pressure on the engine which leads to higher petrol consumption.
Make sure to switch the car off when you know you’re going to be idling for a while. Keeping the engine running puts unnecessary pressure on your car and uses petrol unnecessarily.
Plan your trips
Try to avoid leaving the house for just one stop. Rather consolidate your trips so you’re stopping at the grocery shop, bank, dry cleaner and chemist at the same time. Also be sure to walk whenever possible if you live close to shops. Your waist and wallet will thank you.
Inflate your tyres
Be sure to have your tyre pressure checked every time you’re at the fuel station. Consult your car’s manual to be sure of the correct pressure. Also be sure to check your tyres often to ensure they’re not worn.
Avoid hard braking and acceleration
This does nobody any favours. It is hard on your car, bad for the planet and makes you look like an idiot to other drivers. Slow down gently as you approach stop signs or traffic lights and pull away slowly.
Service your car regularly
Yes, it is expensive. And, yes, it can be a hassle. But it is essential to keep up with serving your car to ensure optimum performance.
Use your gears correctly
If you are driving a manual car it is essential you know how to change gears properly. Your movements should be smooth to avoid damaging the gear box.
Take the highway
When possible, always choose to drive on the highway rather than smaller, back roads. Highway driving is often easier on your car as you can maintain a more constant speed while stop-start driving uses more fuel.
And most importantly, slow down. Driving at high speeds forces your engine to work harder and burn more fuel. It is often recommended you keep your speeds at about 80 to 90km per hour. Follow these tips and you’ll prolong the life of your car while saving money.