Prices are continually rising and the average prices are now at 139.88p for unleaded and 146.32p for diesel, prices are up over 5p since the beginning of the year. (The Automobile Association Feb 2013) 

Top 5 Tips to help you reduce your fuel bill 

1. Turn off your engine – Pulling over for a coffee or to use the phone, turn the engine off. Modern cars use virtually no extra fuel when they’re re-started, and a stationary vehicle with the engine on is doing 0mpg. 

2. Shift to a higher gear as soon as possible and skip gears – Driving at lower engine speeds reduces fuel consumption. Change up a gear between 2000 and 2500 revolutions per minute (rpm). Skip gears if possible, 3rd to 5th, 4th to 6th etc. 

3. Drive smoothly – Anticipate the road as far ahead as possible to avoid unnecessary braking and acceleration. Decelerate early when slowing down. 

4. Slow down – Avoid excessive speeds when possible. Driving at 85mph uses approximately 25% more fuel than 70mph. (Energy Savings Trust 2013) 

5. Check tyre pressure frequently – Under-inflated tyres are a danger to not only you and other motorists, but also increase your fuel consumption.