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Understanding Your Fuel Costs

How much it costs to fill up your tank depends on a variety of factors: the price of crude oil, refinery fees, taxes, geopolitics, the weather and competing demand, to name a few. We’ve all been victim to the long queues at fuel stations at the sign of a new crisis in the Middle East. The reason is plain and simple: when supply of fuel goes down, the cost of fuel goes up.

While these factors are out of your control, there are a few things you can do to reduce your fuel costs:

Consider an electric, hybrid or otherwise eco-friendly car

The roar of a big six-cylinder engine may get your metaphorical motor running, but it will also guzzle up more fuel than a smaller powertrain in the range. Always consult Charles Hurst’s sales team about the most efficient engine available for your make and model. Many manufacturers are now launching hybrid or all-electric editions and even traditional power systems can now go further for longer – the Smart FourTwo, for example, delivers 85.6mpg using an extremely efficient diesel system.

Service your car frequently

Follow the service guidelines laid out in your manufacturers guide. A poorly tuned car consumes around 25 percent more fuel than one that has recently been serviced.

Pump up your tyres

Weekly tyre pressure checks are a must if you drive your car regularly. It only takes a pound of under-inflation to reduce your fuel consumption by up to six per cent.

Avoid the idiling engine

Some drivers think it’s better for the engine to warm up slowly on a cold day – this is simply not the case. The engine warms up several times faster when driving than sitting idle, and that extra time in the driveway is an unnecessary funnel for your fuel and your pocket change.

Keep an eye on your speed

Sometimes driving can be a little stop-start, especially in the city, but sudden braking and accelerating can take its toll on your fuel tank. Anticipating changes and being gentle on the pedals will make a big difference.

When traveling on a dual carriageway or motorway, following the speed limits will dramatically slash your fuel expenditure – not to mention your speeding fine losses. In most cars, you can expect to use up to 30 percent more fuel when driving at 70mph compared to 50mph.

For more top tips and advice on fuel costs, please get in touch with the friendly experts at your nearest Charles Hurst dealership.