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Motorists could save '£6.8 billion a year' on fuel

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Six of the UK's leading automotive bodies have launched a campaign to promote fuel-efficient driving - advocating "simple changes" to motorists' habits that could help them save more than £6.8 billion a year.

According to the participating organisations, drivers could save as much as 20 per cent on their fuel costs - or £200 per year - without affecting journey time or speed. 

This would see their vehicles meet, if not exceed, official European mpg figures.

"The biggest factor in getting maximum mpg is the driver and that's why we're so keen to help drivers realise the benefits," explained Mike Baunton, interim chief executive for the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

Among the bodies' recommendations are to keep tyres properly inflated - a measure that alone could save the British public some £440 million in fuel costs if heeded.

Motorists were also advised to reduce drag by keeping windows closed at high speeds and remove excess weight from their cars.ADNFCR-2576-ID-801611183-ADNFCR

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