Cheap petrol detours ‘could actually be costing drivers money’

12th March 2013

Motorists who try to save on their fuel costs by travelling to the cheapest petrol station in their region could actually find that the detour has actually been a waste of both time and money.

This is according to a survey carried out by Gocompare, which found that one in seven drivers will make a ten-mile detour in order to save just five pence a litre when filling up their car’s tank.

On top of this, the poll of 2,000 motorists across the UK went on to reveal that nine per cent of respondents would be willing to travel more than 20 miles just to save the same amount of cash on their fuel bills.

Rather than adding unnecessary miles to a journey, drivers could see their car’s fuel go much further if they were to become more economical on the road.

For one, motorists should always check that their vehicle’s tyres are inflated to the correct level. This is because under-inflated tyres can reduce a motor’s fuel economy rating by as much as ten per cent.

Before heading off on a road trip, drivers are also encouraged to empty the boot of their car of any unnecessary weight and plan a journey in advance so that many miles are not spent going round in circles.

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