Four Tips That Could Cut Your Fuel Bill by £600 a Year

April 30, 2014

Do you shop around for fuel, check your tyres, and remove excess weight from inside and on top of the car?

If not – you could be saving a small fortune.

Ford has identified that by adopting these simple habits you could be saving more than £600 a year – or a third off the average £2,000 Brits spend on fuel every year.

  • Removing the roof-top cargo box will reduce bills by up to 20 per cent
  • Shopping around for fuel by up to 7 per cent
  • Checking and optimising tyre pressures every month by up to 4 per cent
  • And removing excess weight from inside the car by up to 2 per cent

Ford commissioned a survey of 5,700 people across France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.K. to identify how changes in driver behaviour that affect fuel bills.

In the U.K. 71 per cent do not regularly check their tyres (compared to the European average of 76 per cent). 42 per cent never remove roof storage equipment, 26 per cent never shop around for fuel, and 12 per cent always leave extra items in the car.

The poll also revealed further opportunities to cut fuel consumption – 66 per cent of U.K. drivers admit breaking speed limits, 48 per cent never choose the most economical route, 33 per cent drive aggressively, and 7 per cent leave the air conditioning on all the time.

After filling up, 40 per cent of U.K. drivers admit they also add to their spending at the pumps by impulse buying other items – with women in the U.K. more likely than their European neighbours to pick up a chocolate bar.

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