Speaking as freight forwarders, we understand how expensive fuel costs can be – especially if you are using your vehicle on a daily basis and travelling long distances. However, there are a few ways for you to cut down on your fuel costs that you might want to try out if you’re looking to save some cash and the environment. Little changes make all the difference, so test out our tips for yourself and see how much you could save.
Lighten your load
Do you tend to fill up the trunk of your car and leave all of your stuff there? That extra weight could be adding to your fuel costs if you’re not careful – even if you think it doesn’t make a difference, it probably does. This is one of the easiest fuel saving tips to follow. All you have to do is clear out your car and get rid of all of the clutter that you keep in your boot to make your car go farther on less fuel.
Ease up on the accelerator
Are you a nervous or impatient kind of driver that just slams their foot on the accelerator when the light goes green? You could be paying for that in fuel costs. Stopping and starting your car or pushing the pedal down to the floor without changing gears, you’re probably overworking your car and eating away at your fuel. What you should aim to do if you want to cut down on costs is travel at a constant speed and change gear if you’re pushing the pedal down too far. Otherwise, you may want to invest in a car with an automatic gearbox.
Check your tyres
If your tyres aren’t inflated and firm, your car is going to have to work a lot harder in order to get the wheels turning, which means that it’s going to burn a lot more fuel. A little bit of pressure makes a lot of difference and you could end up increasing your car’s fuel consumption by as much as 20% if your tyre pressure drops by as little as 0.4 bar. Checking your tyre pressure takes no time at all, and you should be doing it on a regular basis.
Make your car aerodynamic
The more sleek and aerodynamic your car is, the easier it is to move and the faster it can go. If you want to get more out of your fuel then one great way to do it is to make a few changes to the shape of your car. If you have a roof box or rack then you should take it off of your car when you’re not using it. If you’re on the motorway and driving fast then you should consider closing the windows and sunroof. Open windows create drag, so keep them closed when you start to speed up.
At Barrington Freight, our freight forwarding experience makes us experts at cutting costs on transportation and saving money for our customers. If you’re looking for a fast and efficient road freight service, consider us and contact us today to get a quote for your cargo.