Drivers can boost fuel efficiency by 25 percent by using one car pedal

Petrol and diesel owners can dramatically increase their fuel economy by as much as 25 percent by correctly using one car lever, according to experts.

Specialists at LeaseVan have warned that simply sticking to the correct speed limit is the easiest way motorists can save pennies.

The comparison group warned that more fuel tends to be used the faster that vehicles are travelling.

According to the AA, the amount of petrol and diesel drivers can save will vary depending on the speeds they are going.

The breakdown specialists warn that the highest increase is likely when road users increase their speeds from 70mph to 80mph on motorways.

It means those desperate to get home are likely to pay the consequences of increased payments at the end of the month.

The AA said: “Going faster uses more fuel. Drive at 70mph and you’ll use up to nine percent more than at 60mph and up to 15 percent more than at 50mph. Taking it up to 80mph can use up to 25 percent more fuel than at 70mph.”

Experts at Taylor Auto Glass have stressed most vehicles peak fuel efficiency occurs somewhere between 50-60mph.

Going above this will increase aerodynamic drag and force your engine to work harder.

However, they stress that going any slower than 50mph will require a lower gear which could require more fuel to run.

The warning comes amid a recent surge in the price of petrol and diesel across UK forecourts.

According to RAC’s Fuel Watch, unleaded petrol rose from 143p a litre in June to around 156p in October.

Costs have fallen slightly to 153p per litre in November but remain high for families amid a cost of living crisis.

Average diesel costs have soared from 145p per litre in the summer to a staggering 160p today.

Tim Alcock, spokesman at LeaseVan has urged road users to “adapt” the way they drive to cut costs.

He commented: “With prices continuing to soar, paying for fuel is a costly expense, especially for those reliant on their vehicles for business.

“There are ways to help keep fuel costs as low as possible, mainly by being more aware of driving habits and adapting to increase fuel efficiency.”

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