Virgin Car Insurance - Driving down cost, not cover

Virgin Car Insurance - Driving down cost, not cover

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A great deal with Virgin Car Insurance is just one of the ways you can save money. Here are some more suggestions to drive down the cost of running your car and help the planet at the same time.

Keep gadgets to a minimum

You may not realise but having gadgets and accessories plugged in while you drive will use more fuel, so you need to fill up more often.

Where possible, avoid using the air conditioning and charging your sat nav, phone or music player in the car.

Keep up the pressure

Not only are under-inflated tyres dangerous, they can increase your fuel consumption by up to 3%.

Source:, 2011

Avoid short journeys

A cold engine uses almost twice as much fuel and catalytic converters can take five miles to become effective.

Source:, 2011

Adopt some good habits

Simple everyday actions can help reduce the amount you spend on fuel. Try some of these next time you go for a drive:

Stick to the speed limits and make your fuel go further. Driving at 50 mph rather than 70 mph can improve fuel economy by 25%. Driving at slower speeds also gives you time to anticipate traffic ahead.

Speed up and slow down smoothly. Every time you stop and start, your engine uses more fuel and produces more emissions.

Source:, 2011

Keep it clean

Washing your car regularly will help clear away salt, grit and dirt to protect the bodywork.

Remember to remove bird droppings as soon as you can so they don’t damage the paintwork. Also, applying a wax now and again can help keep corrosion at bay.

Don't put off repairs

If your dashboard symbols are flashing or you hear strange noises coming from your car, have it checked out sooner rather than later. You could help avoid expensive repairs further down the line.

If you damage the bodywork it's a good idea to have it repaired as soon as possible, before rust has a chance to set in.

Use your handbrake

Remember to use your handbrake when stopped in traffic or on a hill – it will take the pressure off your footbrake and help prolong its life.

Check your fluid levels

Topping up your car's fluid levels can help keep everything safe and running smoothly – check brake fluid, oil levels, coolant and screen wash regularly, especially before starting a long journey.

Another benefit of checking your fluid levels is that you are likely to notice any leaks before they become a bigger problem.

Start slowly

Drive away slowly and gently when you first start your car. This will give the engine time to warm up and avoid causing damage. (It's also better than leaving the engine to run before you pull off as it doesn’t waste fuel.)

Make your car unattractive to thieves

Approved car alarms, immobilisers, tracking systems and steering wheel locks are all great deterrents which will make it harder to break into your car.

Watch where you park

By parking in a driveway or garage, your car is less likely to be hit by other vehicles or broken into while parked. So why not try clearing out the garage to make some space?

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