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  • 19 August 2014
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    Ready For A Holiday? Expect To Cover 1,000 miles!

    According to recent research, British holiday makers rack up an incredible 1000 miles in their own cars during their annual holidays, a staggering total of 15.7 billion. Reflecting the popularity of the “staycation” movement promoted in the last few years, most of these miles are from trips around the UK, with over 13 million cars used for holidays within the Isles. Perhaps unsurprisingly France was the most popular international destination attracting 2.2 million British drivers a year, with the channel tunnel and ferry providing the best route when exploring the continent. The most popular destination in the UK was the South West and South Coast, attracting nearly 50% of British holiday makers (and rightly so!)

    With all this trekking the team at Howards Motor Group have pulled together 5 top tips for fuel saving this summer!

    1.  Check Your Tyres: By checking your tyre pressure regularly (every 2 weeks), fuel consumption can be increased by 3%, with wear often reduced.

    2.  Turn Off The Air Con: However uncomfortable on those hot summer days, fuel can be saved by turning off that air conditioning. By turning on the blowers and turning off the radiator, free cool air is provided and windows can remain closed, stopping their fuel sapping aerodynamic drag.

    3.  Drive Smoothly: Aggressively driving through revving the engine and excessively accelerating can increase fuel consumption by over 50%. By selecting an appropriate gear for your speed, fuel can be conserved.

    4.  Keep Your Car In Tip Top Condition: By sticking to the service schedule and having the engine working efficiently, the car works to its optimum performance and is more likely to achieve its designed MPG.

    5.  Full Boot = Empty Tank: Carrying unnecessary weight will cause the engine to work harder, resulting in excessive fuel use. Be selective on what you really need for your holiday outfits and remove that roof rack if this particular trip doesn’t require cycles!

    Starting from just £29.95, the Summer Check at all leading Howards dealerships will ensure your car is in tip top condition for your summer holidays and winter get-aways. For more information enquire at your local dealership.


Howard Garages (Weston) Ltd is an Appointed Representative of Automotive Compliance Ltd, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA No 497010). Automotive Compliance Ltd’s permissions as a Principal Firm allows Howard Garages (Weston) Ltd to act as a credit broker, not as a lender, for the introduction to a limited number of finance providers and to act as an agent on behalf of the insurer for insurance distribution activities only.

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