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Price of fuel to keep rising – how to cut costs
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The cost of fuel will rise for four years, meaning it will soon cost motorists more than £100 to fill up their car, economists have warned.
The average price of a litre of unleaded petrol is expected to hit £1.54 by 2015 on the back of soaring demand from booming Asian economies, according to the Ernst & Young ITEM Club.
That means filling up a 70-litre petrol tank would cost £107.80.
How to keep costs down
Such a rise would no doubt heap more pressure on motorists' budgets. Indeed, a survey earlier this year highlighted how three in four motorists had already cut back on driving due to the high costs of fuel.
Actually, driving less isn't the only way motorists can cut their fuel bills. RAC estimates that you can save as much as £100 a year simply by driving more efficiently. Here, we look at the eight most important tips:
1) Pump up to cut down: under-inflated tyres create more resistance when your car is moving, which means engines have to work harder, so more fuel is used (the owner handbook will advise the correct pressure).
2) Clutter in boots adds weight and engines must work harder to transport it. Removing it can ease the engine's workload and therefore the need for fuel. Also remove roof boxes or rails when they're not in use to reduce the drag.
3) Not only does staying at or within the speed limit increase driver safety, it also saves money on fuel.
4) Less stopping and starting means less fuel consumption: try to anticipate traffic flow and keep a fair distance to the car in front.
5) Don't over-rev. Modern engines are designed to be efficient from the moment they are switched on, so revving it when you first start your car only wastes fuel and increases engine wear.
6) Similarly, idling is wasting fuel: if you're likely to be at a standstill for more than three minutes, simply switch off the engine.
7) Shop around: use a fuel comparison website such as petrolprices.com to find the best-priced fuel in your neighbourhood.
8) Don't waste fuel by going the wrong way - plan your routes before leaving.
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MOTORING IS GOING BACK TO HOW IT STARTED,MOTORING WILL ONLY BE FOR THE VERY RICH PEOPLE,EVERYBODY ELSE WILL HAVE TO WALK OR TO BE ON A PUSHBIKE,OR ON OVER CROWED PUBLIC TRANSPORT.I WOULD LIKE TO THINK I MAY BE WRONG??????????????????????????
best way to cut fuel cost is to do what the goverment want
BUY A CAR KEEP IT TAXED INSURED AND MOTed AND LEAVE IT IN YOUR DRIVE OR GARAGE
Fail to tax or insure it and somebody will come and collect it and crush it for you and then send you a f-cking great bill
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