Most Britons are finding savvy ways to cut their motoring costs in the recession, like making sure their tyres are properly inflated, according to an eco car insurance provider.
Instead of cutting corners and reducing their insurance coverage, motorists are driving expenses down in other ways, research by ibuyeco has found.
Keeping tyres pumped up to the recommended pressure was something a third of drivers (35%) told researchers they did to make their cars more fuel efficient.
The research also found that nearly half of motorists (46 per cent) had chosen to use ‘smoother’ driving methods, such as accelerating and breaking more gently, in order to save money over the last 12 months.
Additionally, 34 per cent chose to turn off the air-conditioning when driving.
Lucy Bailey, Senior Marketing Manager at Ibuyeco, said: “Savings from even small adjustments in the way you drive can soon add up but it is not just good for the pocket. Many of these habits, such as car sharing and switching off the engine in traffic jams, are also good for the environment.”
She added that while motorists were not reducing their main cover it was the extra insurance benefits that they were more likely to cut, according to the research. A third (32 per cent) said they’d avoided adding extras to the insurance such as Motor Legal Protection or breakdown cover.
Ms Bailey continued: “While the nation is trying to save on expense in these tough times sometimes cutting back on extras such as breakdown cover can be a false economy. A few pounds saved on the extras could cost much as £277 for a truck to tow you and your car home.”
Katherine Clarkson, National Accounts