How to reduce car fuel costs

reduce car fuel costs

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Sometimes it seems that the tank is already empty, even though you have just refueled. To remedy this problem, we have put together a few tips that can help you reduce car fuel costs.

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Tips to reduce car fuel costs


The first tip is very obvious, and yet very few drivers think about it every day when it comes to saving fuel: if you get lost or take a detour, you will also use more fuel. If you are often traveling in unknown areas, it can be very useful to buy a navigation device or your cell phone as a navigation aid. 

With navigation devices and also with mobile map systems and apps, you can choose the route that uses the least fuel instead of choosing the fastest route. This usually only makes a difference of a few minutes and most devices and apps also automatically inform you about traffic jams. It can also help you avoid unnecessary detours and additional fuel consumption.


Do you have a lot of unnecessary things in your car that you don’t really need every day? The weight of your car has a significant impact on fuel consumption. So you save hard cash if you tidy up and clean up your car and unload the things you don’t need anyway. However, we definitely recommend storing an emergency kit for vacation and for traffic jams in the car in order to be prepared for breakdowns and emergencies.

The same applies if there are additional passengers on board. If you regularly take friends, colleagues or hitchhikers with you, the fuel consumption of your car will increase noticeably. If possible, this problem can be avoided by carpooling.


Check the air pressure of your tires regularly . Too low tire pressure is one of the most common causes of increased fuel consumption. A sticker in the fuel cap or in the driver’s door entry area indicates the optimal air pressure and should always be observed. The best thing to do is simply to check the tire pressure at a petrol station every 3 months if you are fueling anyway.

Airconditioning or windows?

In summer you are often faced with the question: do you switch on the air conditioning or open the window? Most drivers also know that operating the air conditioning system consumes additional fuel. Exactly how much fuel is used depends on the respective vehicle and the year of manufacture. However, air conditioning systems have also become much more efficient in recent years and an additional consumption of 25% is a thing of the past. Nevertheless, it is worthwhile to open the window on short distances and at low speeds instead of using the air conditioning.

In addition to all of these things, your driving style also has a major impact on your vehicle’s fuel consumption. Predictive and smooth driving is the key to low fuel consumption. Some may seem trivial, but added together they can have noticeable savings on your fuel spend. If you use your car as a private taxi driver for Uber, then the  savings can be significant.