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The true cost of bad driving habits

Lazy driving habits are costing British drivers £700million a year extra on fuel, according to research by Barclarycard Fuel+.

More than 636 million litres of fuel are wasted in the UK because drivers are refusing to use eco-friendly techniques such as applying the handbrake when stopped and being in the correct gear.

The report claims British drivers could each save up to £84 simply by using cruise control where appropriate, not accelerating up to a red light, keeping the windows and roof closed and removing roof racks and box when not in use.

Keeping the heating and air-conditioning off, maintaining a steady speed on roads with speed bumps, instead of speeding up and slowing down, and using up to date mapping tools were other fuel-saving tips highlighted in the report.

Those aged 17 to 24 were found to be the most eco-savvy at the wheel, while those over 65 admitted they made little effort to save fuel. Londoners were said to be the most eco-minded, claiming they walk two miles before using their car.

Meanwhile 60 per cent of those surveyed said they focussed most on the route and not taking steps to maximise fuel.

Barclaycard account development director John Bostock said: “With such a huge amount of money wasted on fuel, we would benefit massively as a nation if we were more mindful when it comes to driving in a more eco-friendly way.

“We keep a close eye on our grocery spending, so shouldn’t we do the same here when it’s apparent how much we could save just by driving more efficiently?”

Check out our fuel saving tips for a little extra help in making your pennies go further.

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