Slowing down to reduce fuel costs

ANGUS motorists are among the canniest in the country when it comes to saving money on fuel, new research has revealed.

According to a study of 1,000 adults conducted by YouGov, 41 per cent of drivers in the area have said they are slowing down to save money with 58 per cent saying they have put the brakes on their average motorway speed by 10mph or more.

The survey found that Lothian motorists top the league of Scots who are going easy on the gas, with 52 per cent saying they have reduced their speed in an attempt to save money on fuel. Across Scotland, that figure was 45 per cent.

The survey also found 49 per cent of Scottish male motorists are driving their car slower in an attempt to save money on fuel, compared to just 41 per cent of female drivers.

Commenting on the findings, the Energy Saving Trust said that drivers could save up to two months’ worth of petrol or diesel every year by taking a number of steps, including reducing their speed.

David Nicolson, the organisation’s sustainable transport adviser for the north east, said: “It comes as no surprise to hear that drivers in the north east of Scotland are slowing down to reduce the amount of money they spend on fuel – the faster you go, the more fuel you use.

“There are other ways to save too, however. Fuel efficient driving tips like anticipating road conditions and driving smoothly, shifting to a higher gear as soon as possible and switching off air conditioning all have their part to play – and they don’t necessarily slow you down.

“Our research has shown drivers in the north east of Scotland who follow a range of ten simple tips can save two months’ worth of fuel each and every year – a huge saving in the current economic climate.”

Top tips for saving fuel include: shifting to a higher gear as soon as possible; anticipating road conditions and driving more smoothly; maintaining a steady speed in as high a gear as possible; switching off the engine if a vehicle is stationary for more than a minute and keeping tyres properly inflated.