Common car button can help maximise fuel efficiency when driving on certain roads


The Office of National Statistics found that 77 percent of Britons were worried about the rising cost of living, with petrol and diesel prices a particular concern for many. Both petrol and diesel prices are rising, with the AA warning that prices could continue to increase in the near future.

Filling an 80-litre tank with diesel did cost £144.19 two weeks ago but this weekend rose to £148.67. 

Petrol drivers also saw increases, with a litre at the forecourts now costing an average of 164.49p, up from 162.30p at the start of October.

As a result, many have been trying to cut their costs using fuel-saving tips and changing their driving habits to slash fuel consumption.

Cruise control is a common feature of most modern cars and can help massively with boosting the fuel economy of the vehicle.

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When reaching the brow of a hill, drivers would normally take their foot off the accelerator to maintain more of a constant speed when descending.

The technology will keep the power on for longer as it is unable to see the gradient change in front, which can lead to “worse fuel consumption”, the RAC states.

The most fuel-efficient roads in the country are not quiet extra-urban dual carriageways or 20mph city streets, they are motorways.

This comes as Esso is offering cheaper petrol and diesel for people with certain jobs around the UK.

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The fuel company is offering money off each litre of petrol at the pumps with its Esso card.

It is being made available to all Blue Light Card members who will benefit from the discounted prices at more than 1,000 forecourts across the UK.

The cost of living crisis means many drivers are looking for ways to use less fuel, and therefore save money. 

People with an Esso Card can receive up to 6p per litre off their fuel and Esso said drivers save an average of £110 per year.

Many other businesses offer discounts for Blue Light Card holders including Cineworld, JD, New Look, Odeon, and Starbucks.

Some volunteers can also benefit from the Esso offer if they work in particular fields.

This includes HM Coastguard, RNLI, Search and Rescue, 4×4 Response, Blood Bikes, St Andrews Ambulance and St John Ambulance.

People in the following job industries are eligible for a Blue Light Card:

  • NHS
  • Police Service
  • Ambulance Service
  • Fire Service
  • HM Prison Service/HMPPS
  • NHS Dental Practice
  • HM Armed Forces
  • MoD Civil Servant
  • MoD Fire Service
  • MoD Police
  • Highway Traffic Officers
  • Home Office
  • Social Care
  • Pharmacy Workers


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