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    Save £500 a year.

    These words will bring music to your ears. With the ever increasing credit crunch, fuel and living costs, saving money is what everyone is looking for. And what better way to save money than with your car?

    I last spoke about driving tips and exercises to do in your car while stuck in traffic, this time It's actually been proven that you can save fuel if you drive slower.

    A test carried out by What Car? asked fuel economy expert Peter de Nayer to test five cars - a Toyota Aygo, Nissan Qashqai, Volkswagen Passat, Citroen C4 Picasso and Land Rover Freelander - to find out at what speed they are the most efficient. The results found that the higher the speed, the more fuel your car will consume. The average car uses 38% more fuel at 70mph, than it does over the same distance at 50mph, and at 60mph uses 34% more than if at 40mph. The study also found that the average car driver travelling 10,000 motorway miles per year at 80mph would spend £518 more on fuel than if they were travelling at 60mph.

    The sad factor is, most drivers don't know what is the most efficient speed for their car. The slower you go in a higher gear will give your car maximum efficiency. This also saves the environment as cars would emit 3.7 million fewer tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.

    We are all in a rush to get somewhere, our time is precious and day by day we seem to have less and less time to ourselves, so naturally we will want to get to places quicker. It's a difficult balance, giving up your time to drive a bit slower, or giving up or money to get somewhere quicker. Which would you use?

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