Drivers have ‘no idea’ how much they pay for fuel

Do you know the cost of fuel? Well, if the answer is no, you’re not alone as a new survey claims almost three quarters (71%) of drivers do not know […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Do you know the cost of fuel? Well, if the answer is no, you’re not alone as a new survey claims almost three quarters (71%) of drivers do not know the average price of a litre of unleaded fuel.

The Energy Saving Trust (EST) found even though nine in ten drivers shop around to find cheaper fuel and are desperate to save money, they don’t know how much they pay for it.

Around 80% of car owners also said they know following simple “smart” driving tips could save them money – but around half of them “refuse” to follow those tips.

Tim Anderson, Senior Knowledge Manager for Transport at EST said: “Drivers are so keen to save money on fuel that they’re happy to spend time trying to find the cheapest petrol station – but don’t want to follow simple tips which could save them around £270 a year.

“It’s not hard to see why many people don’t know the actual price of unleaded with prices rising so quickly… A little bit of knowledge goes a long way and tips like properly inflating tyres and driving more smoothly can make a real difference at the pumps, which is important when times are so hard.”

The research conducted for EST’s three-month ‘Fuel Your Passion’ campaign launched last month aims to inspire drivers to save money behind the wheel by driving more efficiently. A previous story covered by ELN showed UK businesses could cut fuel costs by up to £500 million every year by using more fuel-efficient tyres on company vehicles.