UK Fuel Prices
The price of petrol in the UK is going up every year. The effect that this has on different groups of people is astounding. For example it affects families who can't afford now to run two cars, or perhaps can't drive their kids to school, companies that can't operate with the same margins as before such as taxis, or haulage companies, petrol stations whoes customers visit less often. However some would argue that the flip side is that families should perhaps encourage hteir children to walk to work, people should only own one car as it is better for the environment. We should buy more locally sourced produce and not rely on haulage companies to deliver food from abroad and other cities around the country.
The price of a litlre of petrol in 1983 was 36.7 pence and now at the time of writing in 2013 it is 138.9.
The hire car comparison site airportcarhirebub.co.uk has noticed a downturn in the number of searches being made for larger vehicles on its website. They believe that people are opting for more fuel efficient cars when they are hiring cars. This is they explain becuase trips that involve flying are usually expensive enough and so if you are landing at an airport, and then having to hire a car, most travellers opt for something that will cost them less money. Read more about this here.
How then can you help to keep your fuel costs down? Read this report and see if it can put more punds in your pocket.
Is there a way to find the cheapest fuel? There is, and you can find out how here.
Here are some obvious and not so obvious tips on keeping your fuel costs down.
- Accelerate less rapidly
- Brake more gently
- Keep you revs low
- Only ever fill up half a tank so that you carry less weight in your car
- Don't carry around unnecessary items
- Keep you tires inflated correctly
- Keep your windows closed for increased aerodynamics
- Remove roof boxes
- Downsize to a more fuel efficient car
- Shop around for cheap fuel
- Take advantage of coupons from supermarkets
- Have your car serviced
- Park 1 mile from where you need to go and walk the rest of the way
- Dont' drive short distances, walk or cycle.
- Park 5 miles away and keep you bike in the boot of the car, cycle the rest of the way.
The best way to save money on petrol is not to use any. What do we mean by this? Well you could use diesel - you will get more miles per gallon but it is often more expensive than petrol; you could buy a hybrid car, although choice is often limited and some of the better models still cost a lot of money, you should however see long term savings; you could use public transport, although unless you are a pensioner with free travel, the cost of using public transport in the UK is often not cheap; or you could walk more, which is a great option for keeping fit although it isn't always possible for all people especially if you are infirm.
So there is is, it looks like for the majority of us we still need to use petrol or diesel to get about. You can however try not to use as much of it by driving efficiently and not driving as much.
Another good tip is to use petrol comparison sites like this one to get the best deal on your petrol.