By Denna Bowman
Motorists who want to put the brakes on their motoring bills should follow simple steps, according to Money Saving Handbook, a Which? essential guide.
The guide recommends the following tips:
Check tyres regularly – Under-iinflated tyres can add eight per cent to fuel bills and are likely to lead to uneven wear and premature failure, resulting in further expense.
Slow down – driving at 50 mph instead of 70 mph can cut your fuel bill by 30 per cent.
Change up and down the gears – Up to 25 per cent can be saved on fuel bills by doing this at the right time. Don’t race the engine in too low a gear, but also don’t labour the engine in too high a gear.
Only use a roof rack or bike rack when essential – A fully loaded roof rack can add up to 30 per cent to your fuel bills.
Switch off the air-conditioning – Keeping the air-con on all the time can add up to 10 per cent to the cost of your fuel bill.
Tony Levene, author of Money Saving Handbook, a Which? essential guide, says:
“There are some fixed costs involved in driving a car that you have to pay whether you drive 2,000 miles or 20,000 miles a year.
“But if you can reduce your fuel bill by a couple of pounds each journey by making a few simple changes to the way you drive or use your car, why not?”
Denna Bowman, Head Office