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Brits spend almost £2,500 on fuel a year

Date: 06/05/2014 10:44:44
Category: Fuel Efficiency
Author: Laura Varley

On average, motorists spend almost £2,500 a year on fuel, but many could easily save £820 of that by being more efficient.

According to rac.co.uk, a survey from the Ford Motor Company reveals the top thing drivers can do to cut down their petrol consumption is to remove their rooftop cargo box as soon as they get home from holiday. Some motorists use these to carry extra luggage on their journey but then forget to take them off when they arrive home. By removing them, drivers could save up to a fifth on their fuel costs. However, 38 per cent choose to leave it on and never bother to take it off.

Around seven per cent could be saved if motorists shopped around for their petrol. Some 18 per cent of people never check to see who's offering the best prices. Tyre pressure should also be checked every month, as fuel bills could be cut by four per cent. Despite this, a huge 76 per cent of drivers don't perform regular checks. Moreover, 17 per cent leave unnecessary items in their car, even though doing so could also cut petrol costs down by around two per cent, reports fleetnews.co.uk.

The majority of drivers (71 per cent) also admit that they have broken the speed limit before, which can increase fuel consumption. Over two-fifths (42 per cent) never choose to take the most economical travel route and 39 per cent say they tend to drive aggressively.

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