By checking your tyres and following other simple steps, motorists could save up to £45 on their monthly fuel bill, according to a top insurance company.
Satander is urging vehicle owners to follow these simply steps to change their driving and car maintenance habits to increase their fuel efficiency.
1. Half full. Keep your fuel tank half full – high enough to avoid running out and low enough to lighten the car. 2%
2. Switch off the air con. Air conditioning consumes a lot of fuel; reserve it for the hottest days only. 20%
3. Clean your air filter. Clogged air filters restrict airflow to the engine and dramatically decrease fuel efficiency. 10%
4. Tyre pressure. Tyres generally lose about 1 psi per month, and just one tyre deflated by 2 psi will result in a 1% increase in fuel consumption. 1%
5. De-clutter. Lose 25kg of boxes, tools etc and increase your fuel efficiency by 1%. 1%
The combined percent of fuel saved by following these steps is up to 34 percent.
Colin Greenhill, Santander Director of Insurance, said: “Of course these figures will vary slightly for different ages and makes of car.
“However, based on the average car doing the average mileage at today’s prices*, the monthly savings could be up to £45. And in real terms, the saving is equivalent to an additional 300 miles every month.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office