The Highway Code rule could cut fuel bills by £150 as petrol prices soar – and it’s easy to keep going

A SIMPLE trick that can cut your fuel bill by the much-needed £150 when gas prices soar.

Turning off your engine – not just your ignition – when stationary will not only save you money, but is also recommended by the Highway Code.

Gasoline prices are soaring across the UK


Gasoline prices are soaring across the UKCredit: Alamy

Rule 123 states that motorists must not let their engines run unnecessarily while standing still on a public road.

This means a car shutdown can still happen for a few minutes – but it doesn’t apply if the vehicle is stuck in traffic or to diagnose a fault.

Unplugging your keys from the ignition not only reduces emissions and noise pollution, it can also save you some cash.

Experts calculate that even very short periods of idling can add up to £166 a year.

Duncan McClure Fisher, founder and CEO at car management company MotorEasy, told ChronicleLive: “One thing a lot of people do completely out of necessity is to idling their engines.

“This can be done first thing in the morning to ‘warm it up’ or when stuck in traffic.

“Even if you drop something at a friend’s house, you can see people running the engine instead of shutting it down.

“Although this may seem very absurd, research has shown that an idling engine can burn fuel between 3p and 4p per minute.

“If you’re doing a 10-minute warm-up, five days a week and spending an extra 30 minutes a week in traffic – that adds up to £166 a year which is very useful, that’s being wasted.”

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In addition to deducting some money from your gas bill, idling can cost drivers up to £80 in fines.

That’s a time when saving whatever you can on fuel costs is crucial.

The price of filling an average family car this week broke the £90 barrier for the first time.

According to the RAC, average fuel prices across the UK stand at £1.63 for petrol and £1.73 for diesel – and they are expected to rise even higher.

Uncertainty about oil supplies in the context Russia Invades Ukraine increased demand and costs.

Thankfully, the consumer experts at which? came up with some top tips to help drivers get the most out of every mile.

This includes filling up at the supermarket, avoiding premium unleaded gasoline, driving quietly, and using SAT-NAV. The Highway Code rule could cut fuel bills by £150 as petrol prices soar – and it’s easy to keep going

Fry Electronics Team

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