Having a car is an important part of family life. Being able to move around swiftly without the use of public transport allows for your children to go to more social activities and run essential errands that would otherwise take up time.

However, with the continuing problem of rising costs in petrol, food and utility bills to keep a car running is becoming an expensive commodity. To have all these outgoings and trying to save for indulgent purchases, holidays and home renovations it has started to seem even more difficult to have money for the future.

Plus, by trying to be a greener person and be environmentally responsible with the choice of vehicle adds extra cost and pressure.

Thankfully, with these problems comes solutions and many people are beginning to look at ways to be more economical with the car to save money and help the environment in the process. I have followed suit and here are some top tips that I think have worked best.

Ditch the short journeys

The world is full of wonder and it can’t be seen in the confines of your car. The first tip is to stop driving when possible and take the kids for a walk instead. Not only will it save money and limit car usage to help the environment but it will also provide more opportunities to exercise.

Citroen used cars

Switch the car

Do you have a 4×4 or an old car that eats up a lot of petrol? Well, it may be best to switch your car for longer term financial savings and appease your environmental conscience. Citroen used cars from AA Cars provide the perfect solution for this. With an affordable range and many with a low carbon emissions output and MPG a complete change could be for the benefit for the whole family.

Modify your driving

Try to become a more economical driver. Gradually build up speed, keep in the high gears when driving on a straight road and keep to the speed limit. These are just tiny modifications to your driving but could save a lot on petrol as speeding and over acceleration burns away a lot of unnecessary gas.

Maintain your car

Do some necessary DIY on your car; it’s not as difficult as you would think. Refer to the manufacturer’s handbook for the tyre pressure and make sure it is at this level. Low pressure results in lasting damage to the vehicle and increased petrol usage. Also, regularly check oil, water and coolant levels as ignoring them could provide an array of mechanical and performance problems in the future costing you more money.

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