11 January 2019
Millions of people are challenging themselves to drive more economically this year, according to an AA-Populus poll of more than 22,000 members.
Overall, more than one in ten (12%) UK drivers will try to improve their eco-driving in 2019, compared to just 8% in 2017.
It comes as a fifth (20%) say the price of fuel will be the most important issue affecting them this year – second only to road capacity and congestion (22%).
And as families are increasingly squeezed by rising fuel prices - which reached a four year high in 2018 - the AA is sharing tips on how to save money on everyday motoring.
George Flinton, AA Patrol of the Year, advises: “Whatever you drive, there are things you can do to save fuel – and therefore money.
“Maintenance plays a big part, so make sure your vehicle is serviced regularly and use the right specification of engine oil – check your handbook or consult your garage if you’re not sure.
It’s a good idea to keep a winter emergency kit in the boot but that aside, have a good clear out of any unnecessary items and take off roof racks and boxes if you’re not using them
“Check your tyre pressures before any long journey as under-inflated tyres will make your car use more fuel. And to reduce fuel consumption even further, cut out any unnecessary weight – many of us want to shed a few pounds at this time of year and the same goes for the family car. It’s a good idea to keep a winter emergency kit in the boot but that aside, have a good clear out of any unnecessary items and take off roof racks and boxes if you’re not using them.
“The free AA app will also help you find the cheapest fuel stations nearby.”
The most popular New Year's resolutions
Of those who would make a driving resolution for 2019 (56%), the most popular were:
- Trying to drive more economically (26%)
- Trying to walk more (22%)
- Trying to drive less often (14%)
- Trying to drive more safely (9%)
- Trying not to exceed the speed limit so often (8%)
Overall, one in 10 drivers (10%) say they will try to walk more this year, while twice as many (20%) plan to use their car less and walk or cycle more - perhaps unsurprising for the time of year.
Edmund King, AA president, said: “Many people depend on their car for the daily commute but after a bit of Christmas indulgence, it’s not surprising that some are looking to switch four wheels for two or none at all where possible.
Many people depend on their car for the daily commute but after a bit of Christmas indulgence, it’s not surprising that some are looking to switch four wheels for two or none at all where possible
“Not only does it help save money on everyday expenses like fuel and parking at a time when many are feeling the pinch, but it’s also a great way to boost health for the New Year.”
* Populus received 22,229 responses from AA members to its online poll between 11 and 17 December 2018.