Drivers should 'park facing the sun' and drive with a 'bowl of water' to save fuel


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While petrol and diesel prices might not currently be at an all-time peak, the cost of living crisis is more prevalent than ever. Last year alone saw fuel prices climb to all-time record levels, hitting 191.36p per litre for petrol and 198.94p for diesel.

The RAC forecasts that unleaded and diesel prices should fall sharply, but with inflation at a 14-year high, there’s no better time to save money.

Nick Zapolski, the founder of, said that while some of these tips may seem a little extreme, they really do work.

He added: “In these difficult times where the cost of living continues to spiral, it can’t hurt to try anything to keep your fuel costs down. 

“Many of these tips are around temperature regulation, and although they may sound unusual, they really can make a difference. It’s worth a try – every little bit helps!”

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Bowl of water

Keeping an open bowl of water on the passenger seat is a great deterrent for unnecessary acceleration and braking. 

It sounds a bit strange, but it is a simple and brilliant reminder to drive gently. If a driver hits the accelerator too hard, they will see water pour out the sides.

Likewise, if they are driving too fast and braking hard, they’ll notice water on the seat. The best bowls to use for this are small cereal bowls, with water about an inch from the top.

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Excess weight

Cars use more fuel if it is heavier and one way to reduce the weight is to take anything out of the car which isn’t needed.

Removing your roof rack when they are not using it and getting rid of any rubbish in the car could help drivers reduce some weight.

Footballs, deckchairs, toys and so on might be handy from time to time, but the weight could increase your fuel consumption.

Using a garage

By keeping their car warm in a garage, drivers will help the car remain at a more stable temperature for fuel economy. 

This will reduce fuel consumption by using less air conditioning to heat or cool the car. 



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