October 03, 2010 19:00 ET

One in Five Van Drivers Want to Be More Fuel Efficient Says Swinton

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 3, 2010) - One in five van drivers would like to be more fuel-efficient to drive down costs according to Swinton Commercial.

The van insurance retailer surveyed 1,200 online customers, and found that 21% would like to improve their fuel-efficiency.

Saving money and keeping costs low are at the forefront for most van drivers so Swinton Commercial has come up with these helpful tips.

  • Van drivers should plan their routes carefully. The most direct route will usually be the most efficient.
  • More congested routes will also use more fuel. Listen to local traffic reports on the radio to avoid jams.
  • Try to make the van as light as possible. Excessive loads is one of the quickest ways to waste fuel.
  • Stick to speed limits and drive smoothly. Speeding burns more fuel as does accelerating and braking hard.
  • Electrical equipment in the van also runs off the fuel, so if you do not need them, turn them off.
  • Check tyre pressure frequently. Under inflated tyres can also burn more fuel.
  • Keep the van in tip- top condition, use the correct grade of engine oil and service regularly.

Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton said, "Fuel prices are rising all the time so being fuel efficient is one of the best ways to drive down costs and save money. This is especially important for smaller companies or tradesmen who are self-employed."

About Swinton

  • Swinton Commercial is the dedicated commercial insurance division of the Swinton Group
  • Swinton Commercial was awarded Commercial Lines Broker of the Year 2008 and is a finalist at the British Insurer Awards 2009
  • With 580 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
  • With a dedicated team on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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