Saga Insurance has highlighted the four top money-saving driving myths.
By doing so it hopes to save Brits the time and embarrassment of mistakenly going through pointless rituals which don’t really save any money at the petrol pumps.
One in six (15 per cent) of UK motorists incorrectly think that spreading the weight in the car – for example forcing a passenger to sit in the back and keeping the front passenger seat empty – will reduce fuel consumption.
One in ten (ten per cent) are misguidedly adamant that filling up in the morning when petrol is cold will help. In the UK fuel is stored underground and is less susceptible to changes in ambient temperature so drivers who set their alarm early on frosty mornings are wasting their time.
A confused six per cent of drivers hope that switching off the radio, or (bizarrely) even changing the music they listen to, will save cash at the pumps.
Many industry analysts believe that the credit crunch could mean that more people will investigate the possibility of buying a quality used car rather than delaying their next car purchase because of economic worries.