How to become fuel efficient

MOTORISTS from the Forfar and Kirriemuir areas are being invited to attend a free Fuel Efficient Driving event tomorrow (Thursday) to find out how they could slash up to £300 per year off their motoring fuel bills.

The FED event will take place at the Angus Health Fair in the Reid Hall, Forfar, between 10 am and 3 pm. This is one in a series of Energy Saving Trust-organised events taking place across Scotland over the next two months in a bid to encourage Scots motorists to save money and cut their carbon dioxide emissions.

A Fuel Efficient Driving expert from the Energy Saving Trust will be on-hand to give practical advice. People can also sign up for a training session with an approved instructor.

Energy Saving Trust transport manager Ian Murdoch said: “Fuel Efficient Driving not only leaves you with more cash in your pocket but also a smaller carbon footprint. I would urge anyone living in Forfar to pop along on Thursday to find out a bit more. If you can’t make it, give us a ring and we can book you onto a fuel efficient driver training session. It’s amazing how people can save fuel and money by adopting a slightly different driving technique.”

In an effort to encourage drivers to follow 10 top Fuel Efficient Driving techniques the Energy Saving Trust, with funding from Transport Scotland, is providing Fuel Efficient Driving training sessions.

Fuel Efficient Driver training sessions typically cost £40, but for just £12, drivers get a 50-minute session from a highly experienced Approved Driving Instructor. Budding fuel efficient drivers can sign up at the event or contact their local Energy Saving Scotland advice centre on 0800 512 012 to book a session.

Murdoch added: “Anyone interested in saving money should snap up these sessions as soon as they can, while stocks last. Other benefits of Fuel Efficient Driving include reduced wear and tear on the car and drivers learn to anticipate road and traffic conditions further ahead reducing the chance of accidents.”

According to the Energy Saving Trust, by following Fuel Efficient Driving techniques motorists could save around 15 per cent per year on fuel. And with the average annual cost of filling up your fuel tank in the UK standing at £1800 this represents a massive £300 saving for local drivers.