A few weeks ago I wrote about how we’ve bought a new second hand car. It’s a 6 year old Volvo estate, and I’m hoping it will last for a good few years. We owned our last car, a Mercedes estate (again bought secondhand, I’ve never bought a brand new car) for 8 years, and although it had done 165,000 miles, it still drove nicely. The problem was the rust, which just took over.
The new car has a display which shows how many miles per gallon you are using. This has been quite illuminating, especially when I drive up Frugal Hill where the gradient is 1 in 4 in places. The mpg drops to 4 miles per gallon – ouch!
While surfing the internet the other day I came across an article on ThriftCultureNow.com about driving uphill more economically. You can read it here: Frugal Living: Drive Properly on Hills and get better Fuel Efficiency
I realised that I fall into the natural temptation of gunning the engine when faced with a hill. Tonight when I came back from Sheffield, I deliberately drove slowly and steadily up Frugal Hill – and the display showed I was getting more miles per gallon!
How do you keep your fuel costs down?
Until next time, Tawney x