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Automotive bodies promote fuel-efficient drivingBack

Quentin WilsonAutomotive bodies from across the UK are joining forces to promote fuel-efficient driving designed to save motorists more than £6.8 billion.

Motoring Journalist Quentin Wilson has got behind the campaign which is designed to help motorists save as much as 20 per cent in fuel costs if they learn to carry out more fuel efficient driving, which would bring them in line with official EU mpg figures.

Six of the UK’s leading automotive bodies state that official European mpg (fuel efficiency) figures are within every driver’s reach if they are willing to adopt simple improvements to their driving style.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), AA, British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association, Guild of Motoring Writers, Institute of Advanced Motorists, Motor Codes, RAC and high-profile motoring media have all rallied behind the cause stating that the average driver could make a 20% saving on their fuel bill by simply carrying out a series of simple driving tips to reduce vehicle emissions by one fifth and improve road safety.

See below for the list of fuel-efficient driving tips which all motorists can easily adopt to save money on fuel:

Read the road

Anticipating the actions of other motorists and the road ahead can reduce harsh acceleration and braking, cutting down fuel use on every journey.

Reduce drag

Simple fixes such as removing roof/cycle racks when not in use or keeping windows closed at high speed helps vehicles to remain streamlined.

Keep tyres inflated

In the UK around 10 million cars typically have dangerously under-inflated tyres. Correct inflation would save one million tonnes of CO2 emissions and around £440 million in fuel costs per year.

Remove excess weight

Removing unnecessary items from a vehicle is a cheap and easy way to reduce fuel consumption.

Be energy smart

Only use air conditioning systems when necessary, opening windows at lower speeds can better for fuel efficiency.

Consider a driving efficiency course

Making a 20% cut in your fuel bill could add pounds to your pocket, so investing in a driving efficiency course could pay for itself.

Regularly service your car

Simple maintenance such as using manufacturer-approved oil, replacing air filters and checking wheel alignment can make an important difference to fuel consumption.

Buy a newer vehicle

Today’s cars are around 23% more efficient than they were just 10 years ago, so motorists upgrading vehicles stand to save even more.

Mike Baunton, SMMT Interim Chief Executive said: “Motorists could save around 20% on fuel costs by making a few simple changes to the way they drive. We have rallied as an industry to communicate this message at all levels so motorists have the skills to save money and help the environment. Official European mpg figures are a guide to how cars can perform, but the biggest factor in getting maximum mpg is the driver and that’s why we’re so keen to help drivers realise the benefits.”

 

 

Posted by Leana Kell on 12/07/2013