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Top Fuel Efficiency Tips for Drivers This Spring

LEEDS, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Mar 28, 2013) - Recent research has also shown that driving smart can help Brits save up to two months' worth of petrol and diesel on an annual basis2.

In light of these figures, Asda Money offers some top fuel efficiency tips for drivers this spring.

Reduce your speed

Driving at lower speeds can help motorists to reduce their fuel consumption. As an example if motorists travelled at 50mph rather than 62mph, they would use around 10% less fuel, while a higher fuel consumption saving of 20% can be made if they reduce their speed from 68mph to 50mph3.

Offload excess baggage

Although roof racks can provide the perfect storage solution, especially if you are heading off on holiday and need extra space for your luggage, the extra weight can act to increase fuel consumption. A loaded roof rack on a motorway can increase fuel consumption by as much as 5% on a motorway journey. Even if your roof rack is empty, it can push up fuel consumption by around 1%, so it may be advisable to remove your roof rack when it isn't needed.

Ensure your engine is properly maintained

Drivers could see fuel consumption increase by as much as 50% if their engines are poorly tuned, highlighting the need for regular maintenance checks. A properly maintained engine will also help to avoid unnecessary wear and tear.

Reduce your reliance on air conditioning

In the rare event that the UK is graced with sunny weather in early spring, drivers may be tempted to crank up their air conditioning in an effort to stay cool. However, using air conditioning at motorway speeds can result in fuel consumption increasing by between 3% and 4%.

Using a car's flow-through ventilation could help to reduce your reliance on air conditioning.

Finding the cheapest car insurance for your needs is another way that you can reduce your motoring spend.

Notes to Editors

1. Energy Saving Trust: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Travel/Driving

2. Energy Saving Trust: http://local.stv.tv/aberdeen/news/208877-savvy-motorists-are-saving-around-two-months-worth-of-fuel-annually/

3. Department of Energy and Climate Change tips: http://og.decc.gov.uk/en/olgs/cms/emergencies/downstream/tips/tips.aspx All remaining stats

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