Ignorance is the best way to lose money, and such is the case with owning a car. There are plenty simple and obvious, yet efficient and for some reason elusive ways to save money when it comes to road vehicles. Whether you’re experiencing financial deficit because of laziness or lack of knowledge, there are ways to train and inform yourself in ways to help you preserve a little cash, while keeping your baby firing up that road
- Opt for a good insurance – The first thing that everyone does when they buy a car (after driving down your street, windows down, sun shades on, of course) is look for an appropriate insurance policy. The world is bustling with different insurance companies, so make sure you make your way about your town and the Internet and find one that fits you best.
- No need to always go metal on that pedal – Sure, anxiously revving up that new engine in front of red lights has been known to bring up the feeling of being in a Need for Speed game. However, in truth, this not only devours fuel, but in addition shortens you’re the lifetime of your engine. Same things goes for when you’re on the road: for example, driving at the steady speed of 70 mph utilizes up to 25% less juice than when driving at no more than 10 mph faster. On that note, gradual acceleration is always a good choice.
- Never neglect the importance of maintenance – Keep your car check-ups regular, maintain a schedule. While in short-term, it may cost a bit more to visit your mechanic regularly, this can save you the financial headache further down the road (pun intended). Car parts are expensive and you do not want that oil sticking around everywhere, clogging your entire engine. One more thing – make sure you turn your car on and give it a couple of revs each day you don’t use it – you have to keep it in top shape.
- Simply keeping your tires inflated doesn’t always cut it – Yes, this is a crucial thing when it comes to fuel consumption, but perhaps even more important is installing quality ones in the first place. Wide selection of tires with low rolling resistance (force impacting the axle in the direction of travel necessary to make a loaded tire roll) keep the fuel consumption at bay. A good choice here is making sure your tires are top-notch, but also to change them regularly. Changing to winter/summer tires is one more thing to keep your mind on when thinking vehicle safety and low fuel consumption, especially if you own one of the gas guzzling monsters that are always popular.
- Keep those fluid levels in check – You don’t need to be an expert to know how to perform the checks. Even if you are completely oblivious to the way vehicles work, these are usually quite user-friendly. Make a checklist of things needed checking and after the first couple of times, you’ll get a hang of it. Things like engine oil, transmission, brake, clutch, windshield washer, differential and power steering fluids, coolants and battery electrolytes are those that you need to keep your eyes on, on a weekly basis. This seemingly complicated, yet quite easy a process takes no longer than 20 minutes, so there is no reason as to why you shouldn’t spare those couple of minutes in contrast to the eternity of car troubles that neglecting these checks can bring about.