A Big Guzzler! The Ways We Waste Money On Our Car Every Single Day
We know that our car is one of the biggest drains on our finances, regardless of how fuel-efficient our choice of vehicle is, and while the increase in fuel costs always makes it that little bit more frustrating, when we are struggling to make ends meet, the car can be one of the first things that we seriously consider giving up. But before you get to that point, you need to look at how you’re wasting money on your car, not in terms of the fuel, but other little aspects that can add up to a lot…
Poor Maintenance Practices
If you know nothing about the basic act of maintaining your vehicle, you’d be surprised as to how much money this will save you over the course of a year. While it’s easier for us to pay someone else to change the oil, add windscreen washer fluid, and even clean the car, we would save potentially hundreds of dollars every year by doing these little things ourselves. We argue that nowadays we haven’t got the time to do it, but these simple maintenance issues, when left to the professionals, means that, not only are they charging you through the nose for something that only takes a couple of minutes, but if you’re not able to get to a professional to fix these problems, you might have left it a bit too late, and so damage may be caused to the car that you wouldn’t have necessarily noticed. Not only this, but there are a few simple things that we can all do to save money on the maintenance of our cars, buying premium gas is one of those things that we think is doing our car a service, but unless your car is a high performance or luxury vehicle, it’s not necessary to pay the extra money for this when our car runs just fine on normal fuel. The other little maintenance issue we can keep on top of is the inflation of our tires. We should make sure that we check our tires are properly inflated, not just because of the safety considerations, but having under-inflated tires can cost us a lot more for the very simple reason that the engine has to work harder to keep the car going, and having properly inflated tires takes that pressure off the engine, which means that less fuel is burned.
Your Driving Habits
A lot has been said about driving habits, and when we are looking at our own individual practices to make sure that we are saving money, finding those little habits that can waste a lot of money on fuel can be rectified, which will save us a considerable amount in the long-run. Revving the engine is one of those things that we tend to iron out over time, but when we’re in a rush, we don’t necessarily pay attention to the noises our engine makes, especially during rush hour, when we are trying to nudge our way into another lane. Rush hour is one of those time periods that is incredibly stressful for every driver, not just because the potential for accidents is greatly increased, this is evidenced by the number of law firms like Gray and White Law would have an abundance of car crash cases caused by neglectful driving, but we put unnecessary pressure on our engines when it’s not particularly capable of doing the things we wanted to do. This is especially true you’ve got an old car, putting your foot down to get the car up to speed quickly is something that doesn’t come easily to an old banger. Another simple way we can rectify our driving habits is by reversing into a car park space. When we leave, instead of reversing out, which takes up more fuel, by driving forward and heading off, it’s going to save you fuel and money. It’s a very simple thing, but not many people consider it as being a practice that overly cost-effective.
We waste money on our car in so many little ways, it’s hardly a surprise it adds up to a lot of wastage. And this isn’t even just in terms of the insurance policies we can put on our car. We can make the mistake in thinking that the more comprehensive the car insurance policy is, the better we will fare if we end up in an accident. But there are many little aspects of a policy that we don’t necessarily need. Be sure that you go over your policy and get into the habit of looking at these little aspects, not just on paper, but in terms of your driving and the vehicle itself, and before you know it, these habits have become automatic, and you’ve saved yourself a lot of money!