April 01, 2012 19:00 ET

Pumped Up Petrol Prices Hit Easter Bank Holiday Motorists

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 1, 2012) - Swinton, the UK's leading high street retailer of car insurance, is offering motorists some fuel efficient driving tips after another rise in fuel duty at this year's budget.

Petrol prices are now averaged at 140.9 pence per litre compared with 132.9 pence per litre this time last year. This means that for a family driving a Ford Mondeo (50.4 mpg) who average 10,000 miles a year, paid £1196 for fuel during 2011. With fuel increases at the back end of last year and more since the start of 2012, the same family is expected to now fork out £1260 for fuel this year.

Swinton is estimating that over 10 million motorists will be on the roads over Easter taking advantage of the long bank holiday weekend. For motorists travelling the breadth and depth of the country, the increase in petrol prices could mean for many families that holiday spending budgets are significantly reduced compared to previous years.

With fuel prices showing no sign of falling, Swinton is helping motorists by offering some tips to drive more fuel efficiently:

  • Avoid harsh breaking and accelerating, drive smoothly and always stick to the speed limits
  • Check traffic reports before embarking on a long journey to avoid jams or accidents
  • Check the tyres are at the correct pressure. Under or over inflated tyres will use up more fuel
  • Get the car serviced regularly to ensure it stays in tip-top condition

Steve Chelton, Claims Manager at Swinton motor insurance said, "Petrol prices have been rising steadily for the past few years and it is hitting motorists hard. Many families will be getting ready to go away for the Easter break and I am sure that their fuel bill will take up a big chunk of their holiday budget. In fact I imagine some families will be reducing the number of weekend breaks they take because of the petrol prices rise."

About Swinton

  • With 553 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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