Sky-high fuel costs don’t seem to be going anywhere. That’s the story, experts say, with pump prices already rising and in some cases exceeding £2 per litre, and £100+ fillings becoming more and more the norm.
RAC’s Fuel Watch reported that the cost of refueling rose £9 in June alone, as petrol rose to a monthly record of almost 17 pence per liter (16.59 pence) at 191.43 pence.
It now sits at an average of 191.27p, just shy of the record 191.53p.
Fear of fuel: The RAC reported that the cost of refueling rose by £9 in June alone, as petrol jumped to a monthly record of nearly 17 pence a liter at 191.43 pence.
The RAC says higher pump prices are a result of rising oil prices, but as costs have started to fall, fuel giants and service stations have been slow to pass on the benefit.
But motorists can help themselves eliminate some of the problem by following these helpful tips.
Watch your speed, obviously
Green driving tips that can save you money
In addition to replacing your car with one that’s cheaper, or even electric, and driving less often, there are plenty of ways to drive more efficiently that can help lower fuel bills.
Using eco-driving techniques, such as those listed below, “can easily save the equivalent of 9 pence per litre,” says the AA.
> This is Money has compiled our top 10 tips for driving as efficiently as possible
Releasing the throttle consumes less fuel. Drive more economically and smoothly by avoiding sudden acceleration and braking.
Walking away slowly can also help.
Imagine you are a driver. It’s a good technique to master even when there isn’t a fuel price crisis.
Many modern cars have an ‘eco’ mode setting that programs the car to minimize harsh acceleration and reduce fuel consumption.
Reports suggest that driving at 80 mph on a freeway uses 25 percent more fuel than 70 mph.
And 70 mph uses about 9 percent more fuel than 60 mph.
Tom Hixon, head of instructor support at Bill Plant Driving School, said: “Although all motorists must adhere to the speed limit at all times, the faster your vehicle goes, the more fuel it will burn.”
When to use air conditioning… and when not
So at lower speeds, consider opening the window instead. But, at higher speeds, close the window and turn on the air conditioning. This reduces drag, improves vehicle aerodynamics and saves fuel.
Lose weight: don’t wear hat boots as extra storage
Cleaning the trunk can also be useful. It may seem obvious, but the lighter the car, the less fuel it uses, so avoid bike racks and the roof.
Halfords notes: ‘Most are guilty of using their car or boot for storage, however excess weight can increase fuel consumption.
“Unpack any unnecessary bulky items like strollers, luggage or boxes before you hit the road, and remove equipment like roof racks and bike racks when not in use.”
Drive on half a tank, just like F1 racing cars do. With a full tank, you are burning more fuel just to carry more fuel.
Compare gasoline prices at the best price
Compare prices to get the best prices. Supermarkets used to be the leaders, but now even their prices are through the roof.
Research and check local fuel prices online before you fill up to get the best price in your area without wasting time and money driving between stations. Confused.com and GoCompare.com are among those that offer a free price check service.
Loyalty schemes can also help. Some supermarket gas stations offer points as you spend, to be redeemed at the pump or in the store.
And avoid premium fuel unless you have a performance car for which it is recommended. Halfords suggests looking at fuel additives as “a cost-effective way to increase fuel economy.”
check your tires
Make sure your tires are always inflated to the correct pressure. Incorrect tire pressure is not only unsafe, but if the pressure is too low, the car needs more fuel to move because the engine has to work harder to compensate.
Properly inflated tires also last longer, helping to maximize tire life.
Keep your car well maintained
In addition to the mandatory MOT checks, regular maintenance helps keep your car in top condition and highlights early problems that can later turn out to be more serious. It also adjusts your car to optimize fuel efficiency.
Halfords, whose Motoring Club members receive a ten-point driving check, said: “Replacing a clogged air filter, worn spark plugs or old motor oil will help improve your MPG.”
The most fuel efficient cars of each brand REVEALED
With average petrol prices topping £1.90 a liter and diesel approaching £2, motorists’ wallets and purses are taking a hit.
But there are some cars that will need to be refueled less frequently than others.
We named the most frugal model from each major brand on paper, based on their “official” miles per gallon (mpg) fuel economy numbers.
> Read our report to find out which model is the most fuel efficient for each major manufacturer
Pedal or walk for shorter distances. It will help you stay fit and save money.
AA President Edmund King, himself a cycling enthusiast, agrees: ‘The AA has been saying for years that drivers should walk or bike on short trips.’
Check your insurance policy
If you don’t drive often, consider short-term auto insurance. Or even a payment per mile. And if you’re doing fewer miles than you expected, let your insurer know and ask for a discount.
ComparetheMarket.com, This is Money’s car insurance comparison partner, says almost a fifth of motorists who drive less than 5,000 miles per year could save £123 on average by switching to a pay-per-mile policy at instead of an annual car insurance policy.
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Temporary car insurance specialist GoShorty (go shorty.co.uk) offers short-term car insurance policies where, if you share a car or borrow it from a friend or family member, you can be insured for between an hour and 28 days. when you need to use it, instead of all year.
Switch to electricity: it costs but you can save in the long run
It’s a big investment, but it could save you in the long run. A pure electric car means you never have to charge again, although finding vacant public charging points is becoming more of a challenge if you don’t have one at home.
If you judiciously drive even a plug-in hybrid for shorter runs, you may rarely need to visit the gas station.
I currently drive a new Vauxhall Grandland Hybrid-e PHEV which gives me an electric-only range of around 27 miles, charging it every night, and I’ve barely gotten out of electric mode.
A positive aspect: people could drive more safely
However, rising pump prices may be generating unexpected benefits for road safety by encouraging safer driving habits that could “save lives”, says road safety charity IAM RoadSmart.
Many of the UK’s 33 million motorists have already changed their driving habits for the better, adopting slower or smoother driving, their research reveals.
Of 1,004 motorists surveyed, 72 percent said they had changed the way they travel due to rising fuel costs.
Of these, 38 per cent (12.5 million) said they now drive more economically, while almost one in five (19 per cent or 6 million) have taken special care to obey the speed limit.
Neil Greig, director of policy and research at IAM Road Smart, said: “Driving slower and cheaper will certainly help keep the pain at pumps down, but another positive impact of this is road safety.”
Research by ComparetheMarket.com found that nearly half of motorists (49 percent) are making fewer trips, while a third worry they won’t be able to afford the cost of driving.
Electric Nissan named Auto Express Car of the Year
I first saw the prototype at the Tokyo Motor Show in October 2019.
With the first of more than 2,000 UK pre-orders set to be delivered to customers in August and September, Nissan’s new all-electric Ariya SUV has been named car of the year at the car industry’s ‘Oscars’. engine.
The zero-emission model garnered first prize in the prestigious Auto Express Car of the Year awards, also taking home the award for Best Midsize Business Car.
Champion: The Nissan Ariya SUV has a range of 329 miles, charges in just 30 minutes and is priced at £43,845
British engineers from Nissan’s European team at Cranfield, Beds, played a major role in the development of the Ariya, resulting in what the judges described as “a comfortable ride and superb refinement with impressive agility for a large car.” .
Priced at £43,845 and with a range of 329 miles, charging in just 30 minutes, the Ariya is Nissan’s second mass-market electric vehicle after its pioneering Leaf.
Among other honours, the MG ZS EV was named Affordable Electric Car of the Year, the new all-electric Fiat 500 scooped the Best City Car trophy and the Renault Megane E-Tech Electric was named Best Company Car.
Ford pulled off a hat-trick of honours, with its Ranger named best pick-up, E-Transit named best van and its European boss Stuart Rowley named the most powerful Briton in the car industry ‘Brit List’.
Britain’s new Range Rover won in the best luxury car category, and Land Rover’s Defender was named best large premium SUV. The Oxford-built Mini took home the award for best convertible.