Highway code rule helps cut 'unnecessary' petrol and diesel costs- drivers could save £150


Once again petrol and diesel prices hit record highs in the UK this week as motorists try to find ways to lower the cost of fuel every month. Perhaps surprisingly, a little-known Highway Code rule can help with reducing fuel consumption.

Turning the car’s engine off fully when stationary rather than just the ignition could save £150 a month according to experts.

And the move is even encouraged as part of the Highway code, aside from having environmental benefits.

MotorEasy founder and CEO Duncan McClure Fisher told Birmingham Live: “One thing many people do that is entirely unnecessary is to leave their engine idling.

“This can be done first thing in the morning to ‘warm it up’ or when stuck in traffic.”

READ MORE: How motorists can save on fuel costs by driving with a bowl of water

RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: “With the Spring Statement just a week away, drivers will be looking to the Chancellor to end their misery by cutting duty or VAT.

“One thing’s for sure: simply reiterating that fuel duty has been frozen at 58p a litre simply isn’t going to cut it.”

Motorists around the UK have been looking for innovative ways to reduce fuel bills as the sky-high cost of petrol and diesel starts to bite.

Methods range from buying cheaper petrol at supermarkets to driving with a bowl of water in the car.

Mr Sunak promised to “bear in mind” the solutions suggested by his colleagues in the Commons to help those hit by the cost.

Tory MP Jake Berry, who chairs the influential Northern Research Group of red wall parliamentarians who won Boris Johnson the last general election, urged the Treasury to look at cutting fuel duty and also the mileage recovery rates that determines the amount of fuel per mile that employees can expense without paying tax.

He said: “When the Chancellor thinks about his spring statement coming up, will he not only look at cutting fuel duty, but also look at mileage recovery rates.

“They have been at 45 pence per mile for over a decade, now is the time to put them up to 60 at least.”


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