Fuel saving tips: Motorists urged to use items costing 3 pence to warm cars

With winter fast approaching and temperatures starting to drop, thousands of drivers across the UK will opt to warm up their cars. However, many of them will be aware that turning on the heat can increase their fuel consumption in the midst of a fuel crisis.

The latest RAC Fuel Watch indicates that motorists can expect to pay 162.32 pence per liter for unleaded petrol and 180.45 pence per liter for diesel on average.

With that in mind, experts in select car encouraged drivers to buy an item that costs 3 pence to run and heats the car.

The advice is to use a cheap electric blanket which costs around £14 to buy.

After initial purchase, they only cost around 3p an hour to run, which works out to around £1.37 if used for seven hours a day.

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“After having your vehicle in the cold overnight and then warming it up, this can cause extra fuel to enter the combustion chamber, which can seep into the cylinder walls.

“Too much fuel on the cylinder walls can actually dissolve the oil that keeps the cylinders lubricated, leading to damage to critical components.

“Instead of letting your car warm up first thing in the morning, it is recommended to keep the vehicle warm overnight, taking the stress out of the vehicle and making mornings less stressful.”

Experts in Special car rental offers He added that drivers can make use of a number of simple household items to prevent backlogs.

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This can end up making the car’s carpet dirty and leaving behind white salt residue.

Motorists should use a mixture of equal parts water and white wine vinegar in a spray bottle on the affected fabric and rub it with something soft like a dish towel.

In winter, drivers sometimes experience a buildup of something that makes the windshield look fuzzy and like it has a film covering it.

To combat this, drivers can put some white wine vinegar in a spray bottle and dilute it slightly with a little water.

Spray this on the windshield and wipe it off, and the haze will be removed instantly.

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