By Alex Kapadia
The Government’s fuel duty rise came into force yesterday costing motorists an extra 2.12p a litre at the pumps.
But vehicle owners can claw back cash by making sure their tyres are properly inflated to save pounds when filling up.
Driving on correctly inflated tyres is estimated to save motorists between 8-10% on their annual fuel bill – and it takes minutes to check.
Tyres are also more likely to wear out prematurely if they are over or under-inflated, which is an additional expense for motorists to bear.
Check the manufacturers vehicle handbook or the doorjam on the driver’s side to find the correct pressure recommendation.
It is better to take a pressure reading when the tyres are cold and should be done at least once a week, according to the Highway Code.
If the tyres are above or below the recommended pressure, adjust immediately.
The money saved on running with efficient tyres will offer some consolation for the rise in the fuel tax.
Adrian Tink, RAC motoring strategist, said: ‘April 1st is certainly no joke for motorists this year with this fuel duty hike.
‘On top of this, prices at the pumps have risen again by over a penny a litre this week with the average price of petrol now 91.9p. This tax rise will take the price back up towards 95p and will only add to motorists’ pain at the pumps.’
He added that the tax rise means the average motorist will now be paying a further £25 a year in fuel duty and it will cost more than £50 to fill up their tank.