Open car windows cost UK drivers over £600,000

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

UK motorists could be increasing the nation's fuel bill by over £600,000 every day because of wound down windows.

This is according to research from Kwik Fit, which has revealed to car insurance customers that around 28 per cent of drivers are turning off their air conditioning systems and opening up windows in an attempt to save money.

However, the report revealed that this is a false economy, as the drag created from the open window significantly affects the aerodynamics of a vehicle and therefore increases an automobile's fuel consumption.

David White, customer services director at Kwik Fit, said: "With fuel prices higher than ever, it’s understandable that motorists are looking for ways to squeeze every last mile out of their tank."

"Using air conditioning is far more fuel efficient on the open road and a whole deal more pleasant too."

Research from the Institute of Advanced Motorists has recently revealed to car insurance customers that nearly 40 per cent of UK drivers are making fewer journeys in their vehicles because of rising fuel prices.

Posted by Rick Malone

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