August 23, 2009

Tips for Cheaper Motoring

As a rule of thumb if you do long – distance or motorway driving then a diesel engine is better for fuel efficiency and lower carbon dioxide emissions. For town driving, we suggest petrol may be better, because it emits fewer pollutants.

Investigate converting your petrol car to run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). You’ll pay over £900, but the fuel costs are almost half those of petrol. Drawbacks include fewer filling stations and being banned from the Eurotunnel.

Keep the pedal off the metal. Driving at 60mph uses up to 25 per cent less fuel than driving along at 70mph.

You can also cut consumption by removing roof racks when not in use, leaving the air conditioning off and keeping tyres properly inflated.

Simon Bush of Britannia Driving School said: “Save money and help to save the plant by sharing lifts to work. You can find suitable lift through car pooling schemes at your workplace – or check out websites such as or”

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