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Fuel-saving driving tips revealed


Fuel-saving driving tips revealed

Motorists have been encouraged to drive in a manner which saves fuel rather than stockpile petrol.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) has revealed that drivers could use 10% less fuel if they drove in a smooth manner.

With the cost of fuel still sky-high, it might also be a wise idea to shop around for the best-priced car insurance deal to ensure that the cost of running a car is kept to a minimum.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: "Green driving techniques can easily improve fuel efficiency by up to 10%. In other words, if the monthly price of filling up is typically two tanks at £70 each, an advanced driver can save £14 a month."

The IAM also advises motorists to anticipate the road ahead to ensure fuel use is minimised. For example, motorists will not want to accelerate from a standing position if they then need to brake moments later at traffic lights, roundabouts and junctions.

Motorists might want to click on their cruise control setting to improve fuel efficiency but they are advised to switch it off when driving on hills. They are also advised to stick to the speed limit as driving faster burns more fuel.

Last but by no means least, motorists can save fuel by switching off their engines if they are going to stop at a level-crossing or slow-changing lights for long periods of time.

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