Maintaining your car should be both common sense and also part of your motoring routine. A well maintained car will not only give you better efficiency but it will last longer and cost you less in the long run. You don’t need to be a grease fisted mechanic in order to keep your car in tip top condition, however it may be beneficial to enlist the help of a someone with some mechanical experience.

You should:

  • Keep up to date with your services, even if you opt to do them yourself. Servicing ensures that oil, filters and other components are working¬†optimally¬†and your car is safe.
  • Make sure tyre pressures are correct, under inflated tyres can effect your MPG by up to 5 percent. I would suggest in keeping a pressure gauge in the car with you. Try and check weekly if you can.
  • Empty your car of any excess weight & clutter. Maybe even try and rid yourself of that spare tyre! (see Hypermiling Tip #1)
  • Remove roof racks, roof boxes or anything else not needed that increases drag.

Most of the above should be common sense, however I am amazed at how many people I know that just don’t take care of their cars and wonder why they break, cost a fortune to run and ultimately repair. A wise man once said “If you look after your car, it will look after you”.

For next week’s installment we will start on the Hypermiling Techniques that will require a change in your driving style, then you’ll really be saving!!