British motorists could save themselves an average of £84 per year if they drove more carefully, new research has found. Inefficient driving costs UK drivers around £700 million every year as motorists fail to select the most efficient gear or switch off their engine when stationary, burning unnecessary fuel.
Not only does poor driving cost consumers money, but it also leads to more fuel being burned, with more than 636 million litres of petrol being wasted each year in the UK, reports The Telegraph.
This comes as more than a third of motorists fail to drive as efficiently as they could, by balancing the clutch and accelerator when stopped, for instance, rather than applying the handbrake and taking their foot off the throttle. Similarly, driving in too low a gear and overstressing the engine can also use additional fuel.
We keep a close eye on our grocery spending, so shouldn’t we do the same here when it’s apparent how much we could save just by driving more efficiently?
A survey by Barclaycard Fuel+ also discovered that drivers aged between 17 and 24 years old are the greenest behind the wheel, while more than 50 per cent of motorists aged over 65 said that they could drive more economically. One of the reasons given for not driving in a more environmentally friendly way – cited by 60 per cent of respondents – was that drivers were more focused on where they were going rather than how they were driving.
Account development director at Barclaycard, John Bostock, told The Telegraph: “With such a huge amount of money wasted on fuel, we would benefit massively as a nation if we were more mindful when it comes to driving in a more eco-friendly way.
"We keep a close eye on our grocery spending, so shouldn’t we do the same here when it’s apparent how much we could save just by driving more efficiently?”
Other tips to save money when driving include switching off air conditioning when it’s not needed, removing roof racks when not in use, making sure that tyres are inflated to the correct pressure and keeping windows closed to reduce air resistance.