Fuel Cost Increases
According to a survey drivers are spending over £14 more on average per month on fuel compared to a year ago.
The survey by Sainsbury’s Bank Car Insurance found that 73% of drivers have started to try and increase the fuel efficiency of their vehicles as a result.
The increased price of fuel means that 42% of drivers are no longer buying fuel at their nearest station; they are shopping around to get the best price. Other statistics include 29% are checking their tyres to make sure that they are inflated properly, 29% are driving slower to try and improve the fuel efficiency of their car and 39% are even driving less than they were before.
Weight has been another consideration with 19% of people trying to reduce the weight of their vehicle by removing heavy items before they drive, with 2% removing bike and roof racks. Do you leave the engine running when you are stationary? 17% of people have decided that this will also help reduce their fuel costs by stopping the engine when they are not moving.
Of course car sharing is a great way to cut your fuel costs, 3% of people have started sharing the car with friends and colleagues to get to work.
‘Taking small steps, such as making sure you’re not carrying around unnecessary items in your car or making sure your tyres are properly inflated, can help to make your fuel go further’ commented Emily Fleming of Sainsbury’s Car Insurance.
A total of 2,007 UK based adults took part in the survey.
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16 August 2013
Written by Matt