Motoring tips could drive down costs
INEFFICIENT driving costs motorists in the South West £751million a year, new research has found.
Drivers could save an average of £270 each, or 20p of every litre spent on petrol and diesel, by simply following a range of smarter driving tips.
The fuel saved in the South West alone would fill the largest cargo ship in the world more than six times over, or 1,369 Olympic swimming pools.
Energy Saving Trust today launches Fuel Your Passion, a three-month campaign to inspire drivers to save money behind the wheel and cut the amount of carbon dioxide their vehicle emits.
Tim Anderson, senior knowledge manager, said: "Smarter driving techniques are easy to adopt, but can make a huge difference at the pumps – which is more important than ever in these tough economic times.
"Anticipating road conditions and driving more smoothly, shifting up gears early and turning off a car's engine at traffic lights all make a massive difference. In fact, if every driver in the South West adopted the Energy Saving Trust's tactics they could save around £270 a year."
Energy Saving Trust's top smarter driving tips include: drive smoothly – avoid heavy acceleration and braking. Slow down – travelling at 70mph instead of 85mph on the motorway can save around £20 a year and shift up gears early, between 2,000 and 2,500rpm.