Whilst petrol prices are falling, the cost of motoring is still expensive and there are a number of small things you can do to reduce your running costs.
Shop Around for Best Fuel Price
The average price at the moment is £1.10, which is a far cry from the £1.36 average in 2013, but shopping around can still save you significant percentages. According to petrolprices.com the cheapest you can find at the moment is about £1.03, with the highest being £1.29.
Keep an eye out for deals while you're driving about, but it's also a good idea to find the cheapest stations in your area. You can easily check this periodically using the free search function on petrolprices.com. Bear in mind though that if you have to drive too far to get there, then it may end up costing you more!
Don't Speed to Conserve Fuel
Not only do you put yourself at risk of incurring fines and penalty points, but driving within the speed limit will also help your fuel tank last longer. This is particularly the case with motorway driving – according to the AA, driving at 80mph uses 25% more fuel than driving at 70mph.
Get A Tune Up to Stay Efficient
Keep your car in good condition by having regular services. Doing so will help it to run at it's peak efficiency, costing you less to run in fuel and repair costs. Also make sure that your tyre pressure is OK, as deflated tyres create more drag on the vehicle, meaning it's going to require more power
Clear Out Your Car
If you transport a lot of goods, or have any kind of unnecessary weight in your vehicle, consider removing it when not needed. More weight means more of an opposing force downwards which your car has to work harder to overcome, which of course means more fuel, as well as more wear-and-tear damage.
Limit Air Con Use
Sometimes during the hot summer weather the air conditioning can seem like a God send, but few people actually realise that it runs on the car's fuel. Avoid using the air conditioning for short trips or when the weather isn't overly inclement to save a packet on unnecessary petrol costs.