Save Money On Your Car’s Running Costs

Fuel Consumption Savings

The Christmas break has been and gone and more than likely you did a lot of running around with family and friends. or you may have gone on a road trip.
Did you notice that the running cost of your car was starting to creep up?
With the price of petrol constantly increasing it is important to make sure your car is running smoothly and not unnecessarily going through more fuel that what is required.
There are ways to save on your fuel consumption and in turn save you money.

If you neglect your car maintenance, it will always result in higher costs down the road in the form of higher fuel usage and more extensive repairs needed.If you are planning on selling or trading in your car it can result in a loss of resale value.
If you’re like most people, Christmas time is an expensive time and spending money on a car service is usually the last thing you want to budget for, but it is important to remember that regular car care means big savings by improving fuel economy, and reducing the chance of costly car trouble or worse a car breakdown

Better Driving Performance

At Gold Coast Car Care, we suggest that you do a quick vehicle check to help avoid the unplanned expense of a major car service or repair. And you can do these quick vehicle checks yourself. You can spot a problem and action it quickly before something major happens.

  • Check the tyres, including tire pressure and tread. Most service stations have free air pumps that are easy to use. Check your car’s manual to find out the recommended psi for your tyres reset the pump’s pressure reading recommended for your car. It is usually between 28 and 32 psi.
  • Uneven wear on a tyre indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tyres should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
  • Get a wheel alignment done to save the expense of 4 new tyres
  • Check the fluids, including the oil,your radiator and the radiator overflow bottle and your windscreen washer container.Always check these fluids when the engine is cold and the vehicle is parked on a level surface.The engine oil is checked with the dipstick. Look in your car owners manual to check where it is and you will need an old cloth to wipe the dipstick clean. The radiator fluid is check bu looking at the overflow bottle. There is a line that will indicate if it is full. If it needs a top up, you will d this with 50% water and 50% coolant.
  • Check under the bonnet and see what hoses or fans you can see, if any look cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or show signs of excessive wear. Book in for a service as they are critical to the proper functioning of the electrical system, air conditioning, power steering and the cooling system.
  • Check your lights! Get a friend or partner to stand in front and behind your car to check that the headlights, indicators, brake lights and reverse lights are working. It could save you getting a fine or worse being in an accident due to other drivers not seeing you properly..
  • Check windscreen wipers. Wiper blades should be replaced every 12 months. Make sure the windshield wipers are working properly and keep the washer reservoir filled.

To save on fuel costs with day to day driving you can save money by avoid aggressive driving, stick to the speed limit and avoid heavy braking and the car idling for extensive times. Yes peak hour traffic chews up your fuel!
Another way to save on fuel costs is on a short trip consider having your windows open instead of using the car air conditioner. On short trips and doing low speeds, the use of your air conditioner will increase your fuel consumption by 10%
When driving at higher speeds and longer distances the air conditioner is a better option than open windows due to an open window creating wind drag which can add to your fuel use.

Happy driving and if you need any car advice or to book in for a service
Contact us on 07 5606 6771.

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