From today, motorists will face extra pain at the pump as the 2p rise in fuel duty comes into force – the third rise in nine months.
But canny vehicle owners can claw back a bit of extra cash by following some simple tips, like checking their car tyres are properly inflated.
Lower tyres pressure increases the drag on a car meaning you need more fuel, so regularly check the pressures are correct and your car needs less oomph to keep it moving.
Along with properly inflated tyres, here are three other ways to cut your petrol costs from Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis.
1. Ensure that you don’t have unnecessary drag with roof racks or other things, to make your car more efficient and turning off air conditioning will have a positive effect too.
2. Second, drive less aggressively – why accelerate up to a traffic light?
3. And finally, there’s a handy web tool you can use to find your cheapest petrol station in your local area. The easiest way to pay less for fuel is to use this nifty website called
www.petrolprices.com – a simple and free way to find the cheapest filling station in your area.
The Government had been urged by motoring groups to delay introducing the September 1 rise.
However, the campaign failed and average petrol prices will now rise to around 107p a litre – from 85p a litre at the beginning of the year.
Now, it is feared prices at the pump could go up to 110p a litre as the cost of oil is expected rise over the coming weeks.
Denna Bowman, Head Office