Car Run­ning Costs

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Deal with any alert lights and, if you no­tice any­thing un­usual such as a leak, have it looked over by a pro­fes­sional.

Any ex­tra weight con­trib­utes to fuel con­sump­tion, so clear out the boot and take off the roof rack.

If your tyre air pres­sure is too low, you’ll use more fuel. Check the air pres­sure once a month and be­fore long trips.

When driv­ing above 60mph, use the air con and keep win­dows closed, as it stream­lines the car. But when driv­ing at low speeds, you’ll save money by open­ing a win­dow in­stead.

Driv­ing at 50mph rather than 70mph can im­prove fuel econ­omy by 25 per cent. Sud­den ac­cel­er­a­tion and brak­ing also wastes fuel, as does sit­ting idly in traf­fic with the engine on.

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