Safety organisation's petrol recommendations

Wednesday, 04 April 2012

A safety organisation has issued petrol-related recommendations that it hopes will prove useful to drivers in the current climate.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) says that when a car is halted, for example by traffic lights taking a long time to switch colours, car insurance holders should power down their engines, rather than keeping them running, thus cutting down on petrol use.

Meanwhile, if drivers' tyres aren't full enough they will also be wasting petrol unnecessarily, it adds.

The same is true when the car is weighed down by lots of luggage, it says, recommending drivers travel only with what they need.

"Green driving techniques can easily improve fuel efficiency by up to ten per cent. In other words, if the monthly price of filling up is typically two tanks at £70 each, an advanced driver can save £14 a month," said the charity's Simon Best.

His organisation hopes that its advice will stop road users feeling that they must purchase excess fuel.

Posted by Noel Martin.

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