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Petrol Prices Slide – Save Even more in the Credit Crunch November 21, 2008

Petrol prices have fallen rapidly on the back of a record decline in the price of crude oil.  In some UK filling stations it now costs just 90p per litre, down from highs of around £1.20 just three months ago.  The savings can continue if you pay attention to the AA‘s Eco-Driving article for van drivers.  Here is a list of the top 7 recommendations for cheap motoring which should help all you van insurance customers out there.

  1. Check your tyre pressure – Under inflated tyres create more resistance and use more fuel for your journey
  2. Reduce unnecessary weight – Don’t carry around more tools than you need for the job, especially for jobs that are further away.  The extra weight means you need more fuel to maintain your speed
  3. Don’t get lost – Plan your route to any job or delivery in an unfamiliar area or purchase a sat nav.  Any time spent driving around looking for your destination is a complete waste of fuel (and your time)
  4. Switch off the air con – Keep the use of your air con to a minimum whilst you are in the van.  Any air con unit will use fuel to keep it running
  5. Easy on the gas – Drive smoothly, accelerate gently and read the road ahead to avoid unnecessary braking
  6. Keep it rolling – By keeping your van moving it will take less fuel to get back up to speed than to go from a standing start.  You can do this by increasing the distance between you and the vehicle in front and use the distance to naturally slow down.
  7. Stick to the speed limits – Drive at or within the speed limit – the faster you go the greater the fuel consumption and the greater the pollution too. According to the Department for Transport driving at 70mph uses up to 9% more fuel than at 60mph and up to 15% more than at 50mph. Cruising at 80mph can use up to 25% more fuel than at 70mph.  It’s also a good idea as you will definitely not have to pay any speeding fines!

Sticking to the above suggestions can seriously improve your motoring costs in the tough financial climate.  One other great way to save on your motoring is to compare cheap van insurance with an online price comparison service.  You could save up to £200 on your renewal just in time for Christmas which will come in handy for the festive season.

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