For every £1 you spent on running a car in 2010, you’ll be adding an extra 6p to the bill this year, according to the brilliant website for busy women, allaboutyou.com.
That’s why it’s urging its followers to check their tyres and adopt fuel-saving driving habits in a bid to put the brakes on motoring expenses. Here are a handful of top tips from its driving expert Abby Luckhurst:
Feeling a little flat?
Researchers from Michelin estimate that under-inflated tyres are costing drivers in the UK more than £440 million a year in wasted fuel. Driving with two tyres deflated by 20% will generally lead to a 10% increase in fuel consumption. You can find the correct tyre pressure for your car in the handbook. Pump them up and you’ll save a penny a mile – or around £170 a year.
Keep it smooth
Observe and look ahead when driving: if there’s a queue, slow down gradually by letting up the accelerator. Avoid harsh acceleration and heavy braking – it reduces your chances of being in a collision and conserves fuel by up to 8p a mile, advises the Institute of Advanced Motorists.
Don’t drive everywhere at full speed. A journey driven at 50mph uses, on average, 15% less fuel than the same journey at 70mph. Reduce your motorway speed from 80mph to 70mph and you’ll save 4p a mile.
Clear out clutter!
If your boot is home to a bag of golf clubs, leave them at home until needed and save £44.25 a year. For every 1% of the car’s weight you add, your fuel consumption will rise by 1%. Remove everything – including the roof rack – then only put back what you need.
Save fuel, get fit
We all know this: it’s the shortest trips you make that are, mile for mile, the costliest. In the first kilometre, because the oil hasn’t reached the right temperature, wear on the engine is higher. So if you can walk, leave the car at home!
Denna Bowman, Head Office