It can often seem as though driving a car is simply impossible in financial terms, and it can really feel like that. But as long as you are looking at it the right way, you might actually be able to make it quite a lot better than you assume – it just means that you need to think carefully about how you are approaching it. The truth is that many of the things that appear to make driving financially difficult can actually be improved upon or entirely turned around, if you know how.

In this post, we are going to take a look at just a few of the best ways to make driving more financially viable. As long as you have thought about these, you should find that driving a car does not bankrupt you to quite the same degree, so that is definitely something to be aware of. Let’s take a look.

Accelerate Less

It sounds very simple, and it is, but the results can be quite profound: just by accelerating a little less, you are likely to make driving your car considerably less expensive. You might be surprised at just how effective this can be, but it’s true, and over time you are going to be spending quite a bit less on fuel this way. To achieve this, you should accelerate less often, but also less quickly. Both of those combined will provide you with the best savings and the least fuel possible will be used. Once you get into the habit of doing this, you’ll find it becomes second nature.

Reduce Drag

Drag is simply the term for aerodynamic pressure working against the car, which slows it down and therefore causes you to burn more fuel to propel the car forward. There is always going to be some degree of drag, but there are steps you can take to reduce it as much as possible, and doing so will mean that you save money in the long run. For instance, try not to drive with roof racks, and make sure that you keep the windows closed as often as possible. Both of those will help keep drag down, thus reducing your fuel usage.

Check The Manual

You will often be quite surprised just how much there is to learn about your vehicle from the owner’s manual. So it’s a really good idea to check it frequently, and ensure that you are fully aware of everything that is in it. Remember that these manuals are model-specific, so if you drive a Chevy Tahoe, then you need a Chevy Tahoe owner’s manual. Luckily, they are easier to come across than ever, thanks to the internet. So find your manual and digest it, and you’ll know how to look after your car a lot better. This will surely decrease how much money you spend on the vehicle overall.

Drive A Lower Emission Vehicle

The tax is obviously a major expense too, and you might well be keen to keep this as low as possible. How do you do that? Well, the tax is normally based on how many emissions your car gives off, so you can cut this bill considerably by switching to a car that has fewer emissions. That’s not always simple to do, of course, but if you are in a position to buy a new car, then that can help you in the long run. Of course, newer cars cost more, but you might find it’s worth it for the amount you save in the long run because of the lower emissions and therefore lower tax.

Walk

Once you have done all that, and you still want to try and reduce the amount your car costs to run, there is another very simple option that you should always consider: walk instead. Quite simply, the less you use your car, the less it is going to cost you. So if you are often guilty of driving when you could easily walk the journey, that is a habit that you might want to try and get out of. Walking just a few more of those journeys could help you to save quite a lot of money over the course of your life, and it’s certainly something to think about.

These are easily the best ways to make driving a much more financially viable thing. As long as you have tried those out, you’ll find that your finances are in a much better place in no time at all.


Greg Kononenko
Greg Kononenko

My name is Greg Kononenko and I am a full-time online blogger and owner of Dad's Hustle. I'm a dad, and my passion is to help other mums and dads to start their own "hustle" and improve the financial future of their families.

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