Expert reveals how YOU can make your tank last up to 40% più a lungo

Fuel prices hit new record high with average cost of a litre of diesel now at 192.5p and petrol at 186.6p – as experts reveal how YOU can make your tank last up to 40 per cent longer

  • Survey revealed 62 per cent of Brits are already driving slower to save costs
  • Comes after cost of filling up family car topped £100 for first time last week
  • Expert advises Brits to reduce weight in car and not to use air con as much
  • Fuel prices in Britain have jumped by more than 1p per litre in just 24 hours to reach new record highs, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and supply chain issues continue to be blamed for surging costs.

    The average price of a litre of benzina at UK forecourts on Tuesday was 186.6p, according to figures released today by data firm Experianwhile the average price of diesel hit a new high of 192.5p.

    It comes as a survey today revealed an overwhelming majority of Brits are reducing their speed in a bid to make their fuel last longer as they grapple with the [object Window] crisis and a nine per cent inflazione Vota.

    One expert revealed his top tips to make fuel last longer, including driving with less weight in the car and parking in the shade so you use your aircon less.

    La settimana scorsa, the cost of filling up a family car topped £100 for the first time in British historywith fears prices could rise further.

    In upmarket Chelsea in central London, bosses of one forecourt were this week branded ‘absolute charlatansfor selling petrol at £2.50 per litre.

    The fuel price woes come amid fears of a summer of discontent, with week-long national rail strikes next week set to bring the country to a standstill, with threats of more industrial action down the line.

    A survey today revealed an overwhelming majority of Brits are reducing their speed in a bid to make their fuel last longer as they grapple with the cost of living crisis and a 9 per cent inflation rate. (Nella foto: Man fills up car in London)

    A survey today revealed an overwhelming majority of Brits are reducing their speed in a bid to make their fuel last longer as they grapple with the cost of living crisis and a 9 per cent inflation rate. (Nella foto: Man fills up car in London)

    The average price of a litre of petrol at UK forecourts on Tuesday was 186.6p, according to figures released today by data firm Experian - while the average price of diesel hit a new high of 192.5p. (Nella foto: Petrol prices at a garage on the M25 motorway)

    The average price of a litre of petrol at UK forecourts on Tuesday was 186.6p, according to figures released today by data firm Experianwhile the average price of diesel hit a new high of 192.5p. (Nella foto: Petrol prices at a garage on the M25 motorway)

    Motoring organisations are calling on the government for further action as the cost of a litre of fuel is rapidly approaching the £2 mark - meaning it will cost £110 to fill an average size family car

    Motoring organisations are calling on the government for further action as the cost of a litre of fuel is rapidly approaching the £2 markmeaning it will cost £110 to fill an average size family car

    The Gulf service station in Chelsea, Londra, is charging 249.9p per litre which could result bill of more than £137 to fill a car with a 55-litre tank

    The Gulf service station in Chelsea, Londra, is charging 249.9p per litre which could result bill of more than £137 to fill a car with a 55-litre tank

    In upmarket Chelsea in central London, bosses of one forecourt were this week branded 'absolute charlatans' by fed-up motorists for selling petrol at £2.50 per litre

    In upmarket Chelsea in central London, bosses of one forecourt were this week branded ‘absolute charlatansby fed-up motorists for selling petrol at £2.50 per litre

    RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said today: ‘New records in the average price of petrol have been set every day for the last month with a litre rising 21p, which has added more than £11 to a tank.

    ‘RAC analysis of the cost of wholesale diesel shows it appears to be heading inexorably towards a previously unthinkable average of £2 a litre.

    ‘Drivers appear to be up against the wall when it comes to high fuel prices, especially as the pound has lost so much ground on the dollar in the last week, which is bad news as fuel is traded in dollars.

    ‘We hope the Government will now accept that it is the dramatic rise in wholesale prices that has led to forecourt misery for millions and act to ease their financial pain.

    Asked about the issue last Thursday, Il primo ministro Boris Johnson disse: ‘We made a cut alreadythe biggest cut ever in fuel duty.

    ‘What I want to see is those cuts in taxation not just swallowed up in one gulp, without touching the gullet of the fuel companies, I want to see those cuts having an impact on the pumps.

    ‘And we are watching very closely to see what happens.

    It comes as a survey released today of 2,000 motorists, carried out by OnePoll, found that £2 was the litre price at which most Brits would consider altering their approach to driving.

    The eye-watering milestone was already being breached by forecourts across the country from last week, sparking fury on social media.

    The poll found 62 per cent of Brits have already started reducing their speed to try and combat price rises, particularly on the motorway.

    The average motorway speed of those polled was 64mph, with the largest number (43 per cento) driving between 66mph and 70mph.

    And just under a third – 32 per cento – said saving fuel was more important than reaching a destination quickly.

    A survey released today of 2,000 motorists, carried out by OnePoll, found that £2 was the litre price at which most Brits would consider altering their approach to driving. (Nella foto: Cabbie filling up in London)

    A survey released today of 2,000 motorists, carried out by OnePoll, found that £2 was the litre price at which most Brits would consider altering their approach to driving. (Nella foto: Cabbie filling up in London)

    Alcuni 62 per cent of Brits have already started reducing their speed to try and combat price rises, particularly on the motorway, according to a poll

    Alcuni 62 per cent of Brits have already started reducing their speed to try and combat price rises, particularly on the motorway, according to a poll

    Nel frattempo, 56 per cent said they are simply driving less in a bid to cut costs – mentre solo 12 per cent admitted they had made no changes to their driving habits.

    Karl Dyson, editor and founder of hypermiler.co.uk, a website providing advice on how to get the most from your mileage, disse: ‘Fuel approaching £2-a-litre makes having a car a luxury.

    ‘When people are faced with rising costs of electricity and gas, they need to reassess their relationship with how and when they use cars.

    Ha aggiunto: ‘The easiest way to save 100 per cent of your fuel is to not use any fuel in the first place.

    Nearly a quarter of respondents said if both unleaded and diesel hit the £2-per-litre mark, they would seriously consider a change in their driving habits.

    Quattro dentro 10 also said they would support a drop in the speed limit, from 70mph to 60mph, as a way to save fuel.

    Expert reveals how YOU can make your tank last up to 40 per cent longer amid soaring fuel prices

    Karl Dyson (nella foto) is the editor and founder of hypermiler.co.uk, a website providing advice on how to get the most from your mileage

    Karl Dyson (nella foto) is the editor and founder of hypermiler.co.uk, a website providing advice on how to get the most from your mileage

    Karl Dyson, editor and founder of hypermiler.co.uk, a website providing advice on how to get the most from your mileage, has revealed seven top tips on how you can make your fuel last longer.

    Here they are below:

    1. Before you even turn the key, ensure your car is fully maintained as if you abuse your car and never service it or change the oil it’s not going to run at peak efficiencyand check the tyre pressures as a lower tyre pressure means increased drag and means you’re using more fuel to turn.

    2. You can reduce weight if you’re carrying around items that could be heavy which don’t need to be in the carremoving roof and bike racks, roof boxes, it all make a difference and reduces aerodynamic drag without even getting in the driver’s seat.

    3. If you have to put fuel in, make sure you’re buying it from the cheapest place in your area by using an app like PetrolPrices.com, if you can get fuel for 5-10p a litre cheaper and you can see that on a map then that’s brilliant.

    4. Choose your route as it might only be five miles to work but that might be through a busy urban area with lots of stopping and startingthere might be a longer route with less start-stopping which is a more consistent drive not on the brakes or accelerator which means it can be more efficient to go the longer way.

    5. Once you’re in the car, the key thing to hypermiling is anticipation as it’s about driving to the road, traffic and weather conditionsyou can minimise the use of brakes and accelerator and drive smoothly which means you can utilise other hypermiling techniques like coasting.

    If you can see a Stop sign before you come to it you can slowly ease off in plenty of time, if you’re in-gear coasting in most modern cars you don’t use any fuel whatsoever and the smoothness makes driving a much more pleasurable experience.

    6. Another thing to point out is speedtravelling at 56 miles-per-hour as opposed to over seventy can save up to 35 percent in fuel and means you can do other things like slipstreaming where you use the car in front to part the air and create less aerodynamic drag on your car.

    If you are slipstreaming, you can do this behind HGVs but it needs to be a safe distance away taking into account road, weather and traffic conditions, following the two second rule that’s enforced by road safety laws.

    7. Coming into the summer, there’s a few things you can do to help yourselfparking in the shade means when you get in the car you don’t need to reach for the aircon which can sap anything up to ten percent of the fuel efficiency of the vehicle.

    Driving at anything under 40 miles-per-hour it’s more efficient to have the windows open but anything over 40 is probably better to have the air-con on, and if you’re going to have the air-con on you should use the recirculation button so it cools down air that’s already in the car.

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