Inflate tyres, don’t fill up and strike a deal – four top tips to save car cash

Today households across the country have been hit by a huge rise in energy bills.

It’s no April Fools joke – millions of Brits will struggle to save the pennies as the energy price cap rises by over £600.

Thankfully, telly’s financial guru Martin Lewis has shared his advice to help us cut costs around the home.

But that’s not all you can do to snip costs.

With petrol prices at an all time high, there are a few ways to make the price of running a car a little less eye watering.

Take note of these four top tips from Alex Kindred, a car insurance expert at Confused.com – you could save hundreds!

Alex says: “Our latest research found that two in five (40%) UK drivers are making a conscious effort to drive less in order to save on fuel at the moment.

“You might not be aware, but there's things you can do tosave money on fuelwhen you drive.”

Don’t fill up your car

While piling into the car for a family trip is unavoidable, day to day we should remove any excess items.

That means the bike rack on the roof, too.

A lighter car means less money spent on fuel. And with fuel prices peaking at about 163p per litre (unleaded), it could make a huge difference.

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Seek out the cheapest petrol

There’s nothing worse than running low on a long journey and being forced to top up at an astronomically expensive motorway service station.

Whether you’re at home or planning a UK break, Alex has the answer to avoid such trouble.

“If you're finding that fuel costs in your area are expensive, you can also use ourfuel price finderto look for the cheapest stations around you and regularly monitor how these prices are changing.”

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Cut a deal with car insurance

Gone are the days when being a loyal customer got you the best renewal rates.

Instead of letting your policy tick over, have a shop around.

Alex advises: “Consider switching insurers. Our latest research found that drivers who shopped around at the end of 2021 saved £36 compared to the price at the end of 2020.

“If you can afford to, also consider paying for your policy annually. Monthly payments might help you to budget in the long run, but it's likely you'll end up paying interest on top.”

Inflate your tyres correctly

When your bicycle tyres are under-inflated it takes much more effort to keep moving.

And it’s the same for your car.

Alex explains: “The surface area that’s in contact with the road increases when a tyre is under-inflated.

“The more surface area in contact with the road, the more drag on the wheel.”

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