Saving every drop

Rising fuel prices have led to motoring organisations issuing advice about the best driving techniques to maximise fuel economy.

Unloading all unnecessary luggage and clearing clutter will cut down on the weight of the vehicle. Ensuring that tyre pressures are correctly checked and that tyres are legal will also help to save on petrol or diesel consumption.

"Everyone is worried about the cost of living and with petrol prices predicted to soar to 150p a litre by the end of this year, now is the time to change your driving habits," said Tina Shortle of swiftcover.com.

"Eco-driving is the new watch-word. Simple things like taking excess weight out of the boot, limiting heavy braking and keeping your car serviced can have a huge effect on cutting your fuel bill."

Gear changing at 2,500 revs for petrol or 2,000 for diesel cars, as well as sticking to a top speed of between 55-65 mph, with smooth acceleration and braking will all help to save fuel, as well as timing journeys to avoid the stop-start of rush-hour jams.

Balancing the use of air-conditioning, which will only be economical at speeds of over 40 mph, with winding down the windows for ventilation can also be another way to be a fuel miser.

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