Owning and running your own car can be hugely enjoyable, and can bring you a unique kind of freedom. In countries across the world, however, it’s fair to say that road users are becoming increasingly aware of the growing cost of running a vehicle.

Beyond the cost of purchasing a car, there are a number of ongoing costs associated with keeping it on the road. Here we look at three very simple, but incredibly effective, tips to help you keep these costs to a minimum.

1. Learn to drive economically

Fuel prices have been on the rise for many years, and this looks to be a continuing trend. While there isn’t much you can do about the amount you pay for your fuel, you do have a lot of control over how much fuel you use.

Needless to say, some cars are more fuel efficient than others, but there are a number of things you can do to get the most from any vehicle. From smart gear changes to avoiding unnecessary acceleration, learning how to drive economically can help to dramatically reduce your outgoings on the road.

2. Drive an insurance friendly car

Insurance is not only a legal necessity, but it can be a lifesaver in the event of an accident. In addition to careful driving, you can also save a lot of money on your insurance by choosing to drive an insurance friendly car and researching different quotes with insurers.

More Than offer various quotes over a range of vehicles but a safe, family hatchback is always likely to cheaper than a two door sports car. Selecting your car wisely can therefore save you some cash.

3. Drive a greener car

With growing concerns over the impact our cars have on the environment, there has been a huge increase in the number of green vehicles available on the market. Of course, these cars can help you to save money on fuel by using less but there’s an additional bonus to be had by some.

The tax you pay on your vehicle is affected by that vehicle’s emissions. Not only can low emissions vehicles save you money on your road tax, but they might even allow you to be exempt from fees such as London’s Congestion Charge.

Driving a greener car isn’t only about the financial benefits. It can also allow you to cut your carbon footprint dramatically, doing your bit for the environment too!