Watchdog's tips for hard hit motorists
Business experts are warning that rising petrol and diesel prices could bring economic recovery in the West Midlands to a halt.
With petrol and diesel prices soaring to new highs and a possible further rise in April, rural business watchdog, the CLA, is encouraging motorists to be as fuel efficient as possible and has come up with some top tips to make your tank last longer.
CLA West Midlands director Caroline Bedell said: "Due to the VAT increase and high global oil prices we are seeing an extraordinary hike in fuel prices. Both diesel and petrol prices have gone up by more than six pence a litre in just one month – that's a huge threat to businesses and to people living in remote areas where a car is often the only means of transport.
"There are however, steps that some drivers can take to be as fuel efficient as possible. The guidelines are quite straightforward, yet many people do not appreciate just how much of an impact they could have."
Ten top tips for fuel efficient driving:
1. Ensure your car is well maintained - a badly tuned engine could be using up to 50 percent more fuel.
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