By Denna Bowman
Ensuring car tyres are properly inflated not only increases motoring safety, but also helps to conserve fuel – as a fundraising duo found when they drove the length of the UK on just one tank of diesel.
Mark Fitzgerald, 24, and Andy Conway, 28, completed the journey from Land’s End to John O’Groats in a new SEAT Ibiza Ecomotive without stopping for petrol once.
They made the epic 837-mile journey in a car which averages 753 – so they had to employ every trick in the book to squeeze the last drop of juice out of their tank of fuel and break the vehicle’s average miles per gallon figure to succeed.
Mark, who organised the drive in aid of the Breast Cancer Campaign, said: “We thought we might have arrived in John O’Groats practically running on fumes.”
But with sensible driving and forward planning the pair averaged 87.3 miles per gallon – with a high of 93.5 – and arrived at their destination with 165 miles still left in the 9.9 gallon tank.
Mark added: “We’re really proud to have achieved this. It proves with careful driving, looking ahead and judging the traffic to avoid unnecessary braking, travelling light and keeping your tyres inflated, you can be safe on the road, save money and protect the environment.”