How To Reduce The Cost Of Motoring

by Guest on March 20, 2012

Driving a car can be an expensive pastime, but it’s something that most of us need to rely on for work or leisure purposes. However there are ways to keep the costs down without sacrificing the car altogether. Try the following methods – the more of them you put into practice the cheaper your motoring will be.

Stick to walking for short journeys

It’s a simple step but it works. You can cut down on the amount of gas you use, and you’ll also stay fitter and healthier by tackling short journeys on foot.

Keep your car in a garage

This will help reduce insurance and maintenance costs. Insurance is generally cheaper if you can tell the insurance company your car is locked away in a garage every night. Maintenance will also be reduced since your car won’t be sitting out in the elements all the time.

Ensure your tires are always properly inflated

Not only will this make driving easier and reduce the chances of an accident, it also means you get more mileage out of your car every time you fill it up. Running on soft tires means you’ll use more gas.

Become familiar with ‘eco-driving’

This is all about reducing wear and tear on your car and making a tank of gas go further. Don’t speed, change gears to move into a higher gear as soon as you can and slow down as smoothly as possible too. All of these things will result in using less gas.

Consider buying a cheaper car

Bear in mind that cheap doesn’t necessarily mean new. Newer cars typically need fewer repairs and replacement parts. But if you get a cheaper model rather than a top of the range model, you’ll spend less right from the start. Buying a popular model also means the parts will be cheaper and easier to get hold of when you do need them.

Summary

Any one of the above methods will reduce the cost of motoring to a certain degree. But you really get the benefits when you decide to combine them all and take every possible step to spend less on motoring.

Some are easier to put into practice than others. But most are possible – if you don’t have your own garage for example, see if you can rent one nearby to keep your car in. It will help to reduce your insurance if you can.

 

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Tyra Shortino March 23, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Setting aside one day in a week for your grocery shopping is another way to cut down on fuel expenses. Make a list of everything that you will need for the week so as not to forget anything. In a way, this is also an innovative way for managing your time: less trips to the grocery means more time to do other things, right? 🙂

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