IAM offers green driving techniques

A road safety charity is advising motorists to adopt "green driving techniques", which it claims would help cut their fuel bills by 10%.

In a bid to improve fuel efficiency, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is calling on drivers to follow a set of tips.

The driving tips include anticipating traffic movement on the road ahead, sticking to the speed limit, switching off the engine when stopping for a while, lightening the car's load and checking its tyres.

Motorists can also enjoy significantcar insurance discounts with the help of the green techniques, IAM added.

According to the charity, rocketing prices at the pump are already forcing drivers to use their cars less. Official figures indicated a 3.4% year-on-year decline in petrol sales in the third quarter of 2010.

IAM chief executive Simon Best said: "Green driving techniques will improve fuel efficiency by up to 10%.

"In other words, if the monthly price of filling up is typically two tanks at £70 each, an advanced driver can save £14 a month, or £168 a year. Advanced driving courses can also lead to significant insurance discounts; an important factor with insurance premiums set to rise by 35% this year."

He added: "Spain reduced its speed limit recently to save fuel but we don't think such radical measures are necessary. The best fuel-saver is a light right foot and anticipation of the road ahead - not a lower speed limit."

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