March 27, 2011 19:16 ET

Safeguard Issues Fuel Efficiency Top Tips

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - March 27, 2011) - The Chancellor has provided some beleaguered relief for motorists nationwide, with his first budget postponing the rise in fuel duty whilst also cutting the current cost by 1p.

Safeguard UK, providers of caravan and motorhome insurance are adding to the Chancellor's money saving efforts and has provided top tips for caravanners to help ensure they are maximizing their fuel efficiency.

With many of the 500,000 caravan owners expected to take to the roads this summer, the caravan insurance retailer has advised that towing a caravan at 40mph uses significantly less fuel than towing at 50mph, correct tyre pressure will reduce fuel consumption, and if stuck in traffic for longer than a few minutes, turning off the engine will improve efficiency.

Safeguard has also advised checking that your car and caravan are well matched for fuel efficiency before embarking on long journeys over the summer months.

Rita Sadler, Safeguard Manager, said: "Most caravanners have several long distance journeys ahead of them throughout the summer and there are several ways to make sure you are being as fuel efficient as possible.

"It's really important for caravanners to pay special attention to their tyres, making sure that the tread depth meets the legal requirements and that tyre pressures are correct according to the manufacturer's specifications.

"Unfortunately, it's quite common to get stuck in traffic jams during bank holidays and in the summer, and if so, it makes sense to turn off your engine and save fuel until traffic starts to move again."

For more details on Safeguard contact Mairead Rodden or Jonathan Brook at SKV Communications 0161 838 7770, email

Notes to editors: 
  • Safeguard is the specialist Caravan and Motorhome division of Swinton Group Limited

  • Safeguard has over 25 years specialist insurance experience and was recently voted 'Insurer of the Year' by one of the    most popular motorhome magazines  

  • With 580 branches nationwide Swinton is the largest UK high street insurance retailer

  • Safeguard has an award winning website 

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