The following is a guest post from SugarPR, a UK company dedicated to frugality.
In today’s day and age, everything seems to be getting more expensive. Well, not for me! I’m actively driving down the cost of motoring and in the last year alone, I have managed to save myself a good $600 on my motoring. But how did I do it?
The very first thing I did was search for cheaper insurance. I was surprised to find how much I could actually save.
All I did was enter ‘cheaper car insurance’ into a search engine and thousands of results came up. I searched around the top 5 and looked at the prices from a few comparison sites.
The good thing with searching for cheaper insurance is that companies may well offer new customers better deals than existing ones. This is because they want to get as many people signed up as possible.
I saved a bit more money on my insurance by insuring my partner on my policy too.
Less weight in the car
Nowadays, you hear a lot about fuel economy and making sure the excess weight in your car is kept to a minimum.
So, I decided to give it a go. I went through my car and took every little bit of excess weight out that I didn’t need. This included old CDs, books and bottles of water in my boot, some shoes and a few coats.
Before I made the changes to the excess weight, my car was doing around 38 miles per gallon (which is still fairly economical considering the car’s size and age). However, after I made the changes, that changed to 41 miles per gallon – that’s an extra 3 miles per gallon just from taking out excess weight that I didn’t need in.
I was advised, though, to avoid removing my spare tyre. This would have removed a lot of excess weight in my car, but a spare tyre is something you should always have with you – you shouldn’t risk driving without it. However, there are temporary spare tyres available which are considerably lighter and are used until you have it replaced.
The best way to save money on driving itself is to drive more economically. You may need to do some research on this because your driving style may need to change depending on the car you are driving. For me, I just had to change gear a little earlier (so I didn’t ‘over rev’ the car) – this still saved me a fair bit of money though, and will continue to save me money in the long run.
Here are some more useful resources on saving money –