Car insurance holders urged to drive at constant speed

Friday, 18 February 2011

Car insurance policyholders could benefit from driving at a constant speed, one road organisation has advised.

Neil Greig, director of policy and research at the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), said motor insurance holders who drive at a constant speed will find they take more fuel-efficient journeys.

"Anything that makes traffic slow down and speed up is bad for both fuel consumption and air quality emissions - particulates such as brake dust and toxic gases. It is also safer as stopping increases the risk of being hit from behind," he explained.

New research from IAM has revealed that road noise and the number of toxins in exhaust fumes have both fallen since 1990.

Motorists can reduce noise further by driving at the speed limit and fitting low-rolling resistant tyres, Mr Greig advised.

Recently, data from the AA revealed that the average price for a litre of diesel hit £1.33 at the end of January and petrol reached almost £1.29 per litre.

Posted by Noel Martin

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