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Fuel prices in the UK have reached new heights as we enter the summer peak driving and travel period, with prices of filling up a 55-litre tank with petrol exceeding £100 for the first time and £103.43 for diesel. On the 8th June 2022 the UK witnessed the largest daily leap in petrol prices in almost two decades, causing the RAC motoring group to refer to it as a ‘a truly dark day today for drivers.’ With fuel prices continuing to soar and setting new records on a daily basis, households up and down the country will be asking – why is petrol so expensive and what can we do to run our vehicles more economically?


Why has the sharp increase in fuel prices occurred in the UK?

Fuel prices have soared this month due to the price for crude oil, a vital component used to make petrol and diesel, rising dramatically. Crude oil was cheaper during the pandemic as most individuals were isolating and therefore the demand for energy decreased. As Covid restrictions subsided, the demand for energy increased again, however suppliers have struggled to meet the increased demands. Recent political crisis have also had an additional global impact on oil distributers and prices, which subsequently means that fuel prices are unlikely to come down until the loss of oil is able to be rectified by other oil providers. The RAC explained ‘this is fast becoming a national crisis for the country’s 32 million car drivers, as well as countless businesses.’


What can we do to maximise our fuel efficiency and run our cars economically?

Whilst there is no magic wand to solve the current escalation in fuel prices across the UK, there are things we can be doing to increase our personal fuel efficiency. Find our handy guide to economic excellence below:


1.      Watch your speed and avoid aggressive driving

One of the best ways to improve your fuel efficiency is to drive smoothly, watch your speed and avoid aggressive driving behaviours. You can save anywhere to 10% - 40% on fuel mileage, just by avoiding rapid acceleration and breaking when driving.

2.      Service your car regularly

Ensuring that your car has a regular service and MOT is vital for your engine maintenance and also your fuel efficiency. Your car will run smoothly if all your car parts are serviced, which in turn improved your car is running more economically.

3.      Maintain your tire pressure

If you drive regularly on partially deflated tyres, then your engine must work harder to propel your car forwards. Therefore, ensuring your tyres are fully inflated regularly, means that your vehicle will move smoothly, which improves your fuel efficiency.

4.      Lighten your load

It may sound obvious but carrying items around in your car boot and leaving items in your car over a period of time, can weigh your car down. The more weight you can alleviate from your vehicle the less hard your engine has to work, thus improving your fuel mileage.

5.      Use a fuel and exhaust cleaner

Using a premium fuel and exhaust cleaner such as Cataclean will remove carbon, resin and gum build-up from within your fuel tank and exhaust system. Benefits to your car performance and fuel efficiency be achieved, in addition to preventing these problems from occurring again. This ensures your engine runs better and lasts longer, whilst reducing vehicle maintenance costs, minimizing air pollution and improving your cars economical usage.


Benefits of Fuel Additives such as Cataclean

  • Cataclean reduces emissions by up to 60%
  • Can prevent MOT emissions failures
  • Improves MPG
  • Restores performance
  • Cataclean reduces vehicle maintenance costs
  • No need to use premium fuel
  • Reduces air Pollution


For more information regarding how to Drive Safe and Legal visit our website, where we also have safety devices suited to a variety of vehicle requirements including; RAC travel kits, dash cams and secure device holder solutions. For any enquiries please contact us via email at or telephone Drive Safe and Legal on 01905 677 555.

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