Fuel-saving, queue-dodging tips from Secret Agent Motoring

Agent Pete at a petrol station today.

Okay, so we promised you marketing tips and we’re giving you motoring tips – what’s that all about?

Well, back in 2008 – when the price of unleaded was nudging £1.20 a litre – we wrote this article for one of our clients, Swindon-based Suzuki and Hyundai dealers Pebley Beach. Managing director, Dom Threlfall, knew some great ways to save fuel.

This week, with panic-buying at the pumps making front page news, and the price of diesel bursting through the £1.50-a-litre barrier, those tips are as relevant today as they were four years ago:

With prices at the pump edging towards £1.20 a litre for unleaded petrol, Swindon and Cirencester motor dealer Pebley Beach has issued a free better-driving checklist for motorists who want to cut their fuel costs.

Dominic Threlfall, managing director of Pebley Beach, said: “The way you look after and drive your car affects the amount of fuel you use, whatever make and model of car you are driving. Following our simple tips will save you money and be kinder to the environment.

Dom’s tips include:

Check your tyres – for every 6psi the tyre is under-inflated the fuel consumption increases by 1 percent.

Watch your speed – driving over 70mph will rapidly increase your fuel consumption. It can cost you up to 25 percent more in fuel to drive at 70mph compared to 50mph.

Drive calmly – harsh acceleration and braking can use up to 30 percent more fuel and can cause increased wear and tear on the vehicle.

Get a service – check that your engine is properly tuned as this improves performance and limits fuel consumption.

 Following Pebley’s driving tips will also decrease harmful CO2 emissions, reducing the impact that cars have on the environment

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