Rising cost of fuel could force Skegness motorists to change the way they drive

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By MarieW | Wednesday, February 20, 2013, 15:30

SKEGNESS people could find the cost of running a car too much of a burden as fuel prices continue to rise

According to the Country, Land and Business Association (CLA), the rising cost could force drivers to cut back on the amount they drive.

Lincolnshire's rural business membership body is concerned another increase in fuel prices could change the way people drive.

Tim Barnes-Clay, CLA spokesman, said: "Keeping a car on the road is a necessity, especially for families and businesses based in the countryside. But people can fight back against exorbitant fuel prices as there are ways to save cash, helping ease the pressure on their finances.

"Shop around for the best deal on the forecourt to make sure you aren't paying over the odds for your fuel; put your postcode into PetrolPrices.com to find the cheapest options in your area.

"Supermarkets tend to have competitively priced fuel, so it could be worth driving a few extra miles to get the best price. And look out for the discounted fuel offers that arise regularly if you spend above a certain amount at the supermarket."

Top tips to beat high fuel costs include:

* Convert to LPG – converting your car to LPG will slash what you spend on fuel. Not only is it cheaper, but it's a cleaner-burning fuel that is better for your engine and the environment. Fitting a secondary fuel tank will cost around £1,500 but you could earn back the cost of the modification in about 14 months.

* Shed the extra weight – the heavier the car, the more fuel it consumes so offload any unnecessary items kept in the boot to cut costs.

* Regular service – getting your car regularly serviced will mean it will not only last longer but be more fuel efficient.

* Plan ahead – carefully planning your route means you can avoid busy roads and possibly lengthy spells sat in the traffic – idling equates to zero miles per gallon.

* Wrap up in winter – winter driving can increase engine workload by up to three per cent as 'warm-up' idling and increased use of heaters all put extra strain on the engine.

* Cut this down by covering windscreens on winter nights, and turn off unnecessary car electrics.

* Adapt your driving – save money by cutting back on engine revs and accelerate smoothly. Try to shift up to higher gears as soon as possible as lower gears usually mean higher fuel consumption. Keep gear changes as smooth as possible and avoid sharp acceleration and braking.

* Don't drive as much – big savings can be made by cutting down the number of you miles you drive. Try car-sharing, and combining several errands in one trip to help cut down on fuel costs and reduce the wear and tear on your vehicle. 

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