Damian Clarkson, MSN Money editor
Tue, 15 Nov 2011 11:43:53 GMT | By Damian Clarkson, editor, MSN Money

Price of fuel to keep rising – how to cut costs

The price of unleaded petrol is set to hit £1.54 a litre by 2015. We share some tips for keeping the cost of driving down.


Rising costs of fule (© Press Association Images)

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.

Find more tips in our money-saving section

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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10Comments
26/11/2011 11:27
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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??????????????????????????

17/07/2012 07:38
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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

21/02/2012 23:46
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For economical running remember the old advert " Imagine that there is an egg between your foot and your pedals - don't break it by braking or accelerating hard." The advice on anticipating road conditions is very good - why charge up to a problem and jam the brakes on hard when it can be done gently by reading the road ahead and reacting appropriately ?
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I believe that if more companies were run on the same lines as John Lewis, the workers would be happier  and work harder for their company.
18/11/2011 16:39
19/11/2012 13:51
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BUY A MOTORCYCLE OR MOPED LETS GET EVERONE ON TWO WHEELS FOR THE DAILY COMMUTE
18/09/2013 18:44
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Best way to Save fuel? Use a pushbike. No fuel. Problem solved. It may sound facicious but two thirds of journeys are under 5miles and can easily be covered by a bike. I do it. Save's me a fourtune. Longer journeys can be covered by car club or public transport.
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If your fuel tank is less than half full when you pass a filling station top your tank up,then you are less likely to get low and have to go out of your way next time your tank gets low.Allso the price may have gone up,its unlikly to have gone down.
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