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Save £560 a year on fuel by improving your driving

By Sun Motors Published

BY SOPHIE CHRISTIE, DIGITAL CONSUMER REPORTER

BAD driving habits are not only dangerous, but they also have a direct impact on a drivers’ pockets.

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Drivers with ‘bad’ habits burn petrol at a faster rate than drivers with ‘good’ habits – therefore they end up paying far more for fuel each year

Insurer Direct Line analysed 319,000 journeys by more than 2,000 drivers during a two-month period and found that those with ‘bad’ driving habits drove an average of 413 miles between petrol station fill ups, compared with an average of 693 miles by those with ‘good’ driving habits.

This is because ‘bad’ driving habits include more “aggressive” acceleration, cornering and braking, which burns petrol quicker.

Therefore, those with a smoother driving style consume less petrol and save up to as much as £560 a year on petrol costs.

Drivers are rated from one to ten according to their driving habits, and those with consistently high or improving scores are more likely to get the best deals – as better driving results in a lower risk of being in an accident.

The table below illustrates how the driving styles of motorists can make such a huge difference when it comes to fuel costs.

Those with the worst driving scores visit a petrol station eight times more than those with the best driving scores, resulting in an additional £561.78 spent on petrol.

And with petrol so expensive at the moment (data out yesterday revealed that petrol and diesel prices rose by around 3p a litre last month taking them to their highest average prices since July 2015) now is as good a time as ever to improve your driving habits so that you consume less petrol.

How to improve your driving and save money on car insurance

  • This goes without saying, but don’t drink when you’re drunk, on drugs or tired – not only can this result in serious car crashes, but you’re more likely to drive erratically, slowing down and speeding up, which will be recorded by the car’s black box
  • Always stick within speed limits. You don’t have to crawl along the roads, but the black box will pick up when you go above a speed limit, and the insurer will penalise you accordingly
  • Drive during the daytime. Driving late at night is considered much riskier than driving during the daytime, so driving during “low risk” periods will help keep insurance costs low
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