Car insurance: Fuel prices drive up cost of motoring

Sunday, 21 March 2010

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It is going to become increasingly expensive for motor insurance customers to drive their vehicle, with petrol prices set to reach a record high of 120p a litre in the coming weeks.

According to Petrolprices.com, the average price across the UK is 115.9p for a litre of unleaded and 116.6p for a litre of diesel.

However, from April 1st the government is to add a further three pence a litre, with senior MPs and motoring groups calling on the chancellor Alistair Darling to delay the tax increase.

Will Thomas, from Confused.com, said that there are steps car insurance customers can take to reduce the cost of motoring.

"Roof racks make your car less aerodynamic, which, simply put, means it takes more fuel to move your car. Therefore, remove roof racks when not in use," he added.

Mr Thomas also suggested that drivers should consider a warranty which will ultimately protect them from large bills should their vehicle suffer a major mechanical fault.

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