Average pump prices for both petrol and diesel have continued to rise to new record highs. However, in neighbouring European countries, drivers were given some respite during mid to late January with a drop in the cost of fuel. Troubles in the Middle East threaten even higher oil prices, although a stronger pound has so far cushioned some of the blow.
Millions of motorists are slowing down to save fuel due to the pump prices continuing to rise. The AA conducted a poll that found 59 percent of their drivers are taking their foot off the pedal to save fuel. A motorist driving at 80 mph will burn up 25 per cent more fuel than at the speed limit of 70 mph. Cutting back to 60 mph reduces consumption by another nine per cent.
Other fuel saving tips include reducing unnecessary weight carried in the vehicle, keeping tyres properly, removing roof racks and keeping a car regularly serviced. Jack-rabbit starts are an obvious fuel waster, if you accelerate with speed then have to brake straight away that is wasted fuel. A constant speed aids economy as it takes much more fuel to get a vehicle moving than it does to keep it moving.