Money-Saving Tips for Motorists
Do you feel motoring costs are becoming very expensive? From the cost of fuel to the maintenance of your vehicle, motoring costs can consume a large amount of your annual income. Therefore, below are some tips to help you save money by reducing your motoring expenses. Follow these tips and start saving money.
1.Use car parking apps
There are apps such as Parkopedia where you can check the cost of parking in different car parks near your selected location. It’s a good way to compare parking prices instead of just settling for the first car park you come across. Their database allows you to choose from over 70 million parking spaces in 89 countries. For example, often city centre parking is more expensive so, if possible, consider parking slightly further away instead of centrally and this could save you some money.
2.Black box insurance policy
This uses a small black box in your car to monitor your driving. Safe driving is rewarded by the insurance company lowering your premium. This is especially good for young drivers who are finding it difficult to get cheap car insurance. Also, many people decide to accept their auto-renewal quote immediately, however before doing this you should call your insurer and try to haggle for a reduced price. It’s also a good idea to compare different insurance quotes to see if you can get a cheaper quote with a different insurance company. Websites such as gocompare.com and moneysupermarket.com are great for comparing car insurance quotes.
3.Search for cheaper fuel
By searching for the cheapest fuel available, you could save yourself a lovely amount on fuel over the year. Of course, this doesn’t mean going out of your way to find the cheapest fuel, however don’t always stick to the same filling station as it isn’t always the cheapest. There are websites such as PetrolPrices.com where you can find the cheapest fuel prices near you. Also, sometimes there are cashback options where people can get cashback on their fuel purchases. This is often only a small percentage back and last for a limited time, but this does add up over time. Options such as www.topcashback.co.uk are available to get cashback on fuel purchases. Search the internet as you may find other useful options too.
4.Check for vehicle faults before an MOT
Often vehicles fail their MOT due to minor faults which could have easily been fixed beforehand. By checking for faults, you could reduce the risk of your car failing the MOT test. Of course, you should only fix minor faults yourself if you 100% know what you're doing.
5.Buy economical tyres
Often people are tempted to buy cheap tyres for their car in order to save money. However, it has been found that buying good quality ‘eco’ or ‘energy saver’ tyres helps to reduce fuel consumption. This means you could save money on your annual fuel costs whilst also being assured your vehicle has quality tyres.
6.Check your tyre pressure
It's important to check your tyre pressure as it affects the vehicle's performance and fuel consumption. If your tyres are inadequately-inflated then this will increase fuel consumption. It's recommended that you check your tyre pressure around once every two weeks, especially if you're going on long journeys.
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