Published Thursday, 24 January 2013
The Consumer Council is calling on all consumers to save money on their transport and fuel bills by following a few simple steps.
The month long campaign is aimed at putting money back in consumers' pockets, which includes overhauling your personal finances and saving on your energy bills.
This week the Consumer Council is encouraging consumers to shop around for the best petrol and diesel prices, to consider using public transport, among other easy changes you can make to your transport routine.
Here are some tips that may help reduce your transport costs.
1. Shop around for the lowest price petrol and diesel in your area.
Shopping around for fuel could save you as much as £4.60 per 50L fill . The Consumer Council undertakes a weekly monitor 'Fuel Price Watch' of petrol and diesel prices at 77 locations across Northern Ireland. We publish the highest and lowest prices in your local area on our website.
2. Make a New Year resolution to use public transport one day a month.
If you commute by car, you could make substantial savings by switching to public transport. For example, someone commuting from Coleraine to Belfast could potentially save over £200 a month by switching to Translink's Goldline bus service. For more examples of the savings commuters could make visit Translink.
3. Ever thought about car sharing?
Think about car sharing for your commute to work, university, an event or visiting friends and family.
The cost calculator on www.carshareni.com shows individual motoring costs, which can be halved by car sharing with another person. Obviously, the more people who share the car journey, the greater the saving.
4. 'Eco Driving' can save you 10% at the pumps.
1. Ensure your car is regularly serviced;
2. Inflate your tyres to the correct pressure;
3. Remove weightier items that are not needed for your journey from the boot;
4. Plan your journey in advance to avoid getting lost;
5. Accelerate and brake smoothly;
6. Avoid excessive use of air conditioning or heaters; and
7. Stick to the speed limit.
Further guidance is available from the AA.