Fuel Saving Tips: Drivers Urged to Make Small Changes to Avoid Wasting Gas and Diesel

The RAC predicts that gasoline, super unleaded and diesel will continue to drop in price just weeks after hitting all-time record costs. Despite this, many drivers are still mindful of their gas and diesel bills and have been using various methods to make their fuel last longer.

A key step drivers could take advantage of is avoiding idling when behind the wheel.

Rule 123 of the Highway Code highlights the “driver and the environment” and states that drivers must not leave a parked vehicle unattended with the engine running.

Drivers are urged to avoid leaving the engine running unnecessarily to reduce noise and air pollution.

The rest of the rule states: “You must not leave a vehicle’s engine running unnecessarily while that vehicle is stopped on a public road.

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Research has shown that an idling engine can consume three to four pence of fuel every minute.

Speaking to Express.co.uk earlier, Duncan McClure Fisher, founder and CEO of MotorEasy, warned drivers of the huge costs they face simply by keeping the engine running.

He said: “While this may sound very innocent, research has shown that an idling engine can burn between 3 and 4 pence of fuel per minute.

“If you’re doing a 10-minute warm-up, five days a week, and you spend another 30 minutes a week stuck in traffic.

All prices, including unleaded super, which has fallen below £2, are expected to decline in the near future.

Will Bullen of Car Lease Special Offers said drivers were cautious about their fuel bills now and would try to do what they could to cut costs.

He said: “We know many people are looking to save money right now and these simple tips are a great start to cutting costs at the pump.

“Smooth acceleration and braking are the most obvious, but we also recommend anticipating traffic lights and slow-moving traffic, rather than hitting the ground between stops.

“Just small adjustments can have a positive impact on both fuel consumption and bank balance.”

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