By Oliver Hall
With the recession now a harsh reality, most drivers want to save money and are looking for ways to cut down on motor-related expenses.
Making sure tyres are correctly inflated, accelerating gradually and driving in the correct gear all contribute to efficient driving, says RIAS which specialises in insurance for the over 50s.
Luckily for mature drivers, says RIAS, economical motoring comes instinctively to the over 50s, helping them save money as they go. By driving efficiently, the over 50s reduce fuel spend, keep car maintenance costs to a minimum and cut motor insurance premiums down to size at the same time.
Janet Connor, managing director of RIAS said: “There are certain tried and tested techniques drivers can adopt to cut down on motoring costs, such as gradual acceleration and braking, using the correct gears, and adopting high levels of road awareness, and these happen to be the natural hallmarks of over 50s driving style.
“This type of driving has many advantages, such as decreasing the amount of petrol used, reducing wear and tear on vehicles and, statistically speaking, resulting in fewer accidents.
“Simply put, the over 50s tend not to make as many insurance claims and are therefore considered relatively low risk. That’s why our customers will usually be able to enjoy more competitively priced motor premiums. Efficient driving can bring great benefits all round!”
It’s estimated that someone who drives more carefully, as described, could net themselves an annual saving of around 15% on petrol costs alone, and spend less on replacing items such as brake pads and tyres.
Another way to save money on motoring costs is to order on the web through etyres, the UK’s leading online mobile tyres fitting service. Prices are up to 40% lower than high street depots because etyres has low overheads and passes the savings on to customers in the form of cheaper prices.