It is actually very easy to reduce the cost of driving a car. What is the secret? Very simply, drive like a responsible adult. Sounds simple enough, but surprisingly most of us don’t do it at all.
If you are making the morning commute, drive like you are commuting, not in a NASCAR race. Every stoplight doesn’t mean you have to tear through the gears as fast as possible, only to stop at the next light. How does this help with cost of operating the car? Driving in a normal fashion will save you money right off the bat by not using as much gasoline. With the price of gas today, every gallon you save is a step in the right direction.
If you are accelerating very quickly, there is a good chance you are braking just as fast. This causes two types of problems. 1. You will wear out the brake pads much faster. This leads to the cost of having new ones put on. This is expensive at a mechanic, but still costs some money if you can do it yourself. 2. You are putting wear and tear on the car that it wasn’t built to handle. Unless you are actually driving a race car, driving the family minivan like one will only lead to you breaking things. These “things” usually tend to be very expensive to fix.
If you are driving like you just got your license, you may find that you have unwanted meeting with your local police.This is another thing that is going to cost you money. You will have to pay a ticket and possibly go to court. That will lead to having to pay court costs as well as any other fines. Once your insurance company finds out they may raise your monthly premiums. Depending on the severity of the ticket, they may drop you as a customer. Finding a new company will become very expensive if you got dropped by a different company.
Accidents. If you are driving like you have lost your mind, an accident may happen (although technically it is not an accident since your driving caused it). All of the above examples apply. Police, tickets, repair bills, insurance deductibles and premiums and possibly medical bills all come into play because you weren’t paying attention.
All of these revolve around driving in the correct manner. There are a few people that do follow the speed limits and obey traffic laws. Can they find ways to save money as well? Of course. If you are a safe driver, ask your insurance company about good driver discounts. Most of the bigger companies offer them, but very few advertise them. They like to take your money. If you ask them, you may be surprised at the difference that it makes.
Keep up with the recommended maintenance of your vehicle. It sounds silly but the little things will save you big money. Getting the oil changed every 3,000 or 4,000 miles will help keep the engine clean. The closer to new the engine, the less likely it will break and the better gas mileage you will get. Make sure that you tires have the correct amount of air in them. When you are getting gas, check the tire pressure real quick. The correct pressure will be on the side of the tire. If the tire is incorrectly inflated, you will use more gas and wear out the tires faster. As seasons change, the air pressure in the tire may change as well. This is a normal fluctuation. Just check it and air it up accordingly.
So, how do you save money while driving your car? Keep up with the maintenance and drive responsibly. Those two little things will make your car stop eating all your money and let you spend it on things that you want.