Today’s rise in VAT from 17.5% to 20% – combined with a government fuel duty increase putting another 0.76p on the price of petrol and diesel on New Year’s Day – will be hiking prices at the pump for motorists.
However, by making sure your tyres are properly inflated and in good condition, you could get more miles out of a tank of fuel and ease the pain of what the AA estimates to be an extra 3.5p these two taxes will add to the cost of a litre of both petrol and diesel.
Making sure your tyres have the right pressure only takes you a few minutes, especially if you do it at a fuel station when you are filling up, yet it can save you pounds at the pump.
So if you want to soften the impact of the fuel rise follow these steps:
* Pressures should be checked against the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended level. This can be found in the vehicle handbook and on a plate which is often located inside the fuel filler flap or on the driver’s door sill.
* Check the pressure when tyres are cold (i.e. when you have travelled less than two miles).
* If you are carrying a full load of passengers or luggage or will be towing a trailer or caravan, tyre pressures should be increased in line with the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations. Details can be found in the vehicle handbook.
* Ensure a reliable and accurate pressure gauge is used.
* Check the pressure in all four tyres not forgetting to check the spare tyre as well.
* While checking pressures, give the rest of the tyre a visual inspection. Remove any stones and other objects embedded in the tread. Look out for any bulges, lumps or cuts.
Denna Bowman, Head Office