What Car? have revealed that the school run can add £52 to the average family’s annual fuel bill. Short journeys, congested roads and cold starts all contribute to poor fuel economy.
Editor-in-chief Chas Hallett said “engines take at least 10 minutes to warm up, so on short, traffic-clogged runs to school they’re running a lot less efficiently. On the majority of school runs, cars deliver on average 15% fewer miles per gallon than their official urban figures suggest, and emit 20% more CO2. When shopping for your next school run vehicle, go for a car that works best in town. That way it’ll still deliver good economy even when it’s running less efficiently.”
Until now, the only miles per gallon figures that have been available are the manufacturers own figures, which are produced in laboratory conditions on rolling roads, as required by EU law. What Car? True MPG, in association with Tesco Petrol Filling Stations, tests cars on real roads in the conditions that every motorist faces every day.
With True MPG, car buyers can simply log on to www.whatcar.com/truempg and work out the fuel economy they can expect to get from their next new car using the exclusive True MPG tool.