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Drivers across the UK are battling with the cost of living crisis, with many adopting new measures to save money on petrol and diesel. Currently, motorists are enjoying slightly lower costs than the record-breaking figures seen in July, but still more than 30p more expensive compared to this time last year.

Unleaded petrol prices stand at an average of 164.78p, with diesel drivers enduring near-stagnant costs at 181.28p per litre.

Mike Wise, Director of etyres, said energy costs will affect the cost of maintenance and may see some garages across the UK struggling with costs.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, he said: “Firstly drive in a sensible controlled manner, avoid harsh acceleration, cornering and braking, this will reduce maintenance and tyre consumption. 

“Drivers need to choose a tyre with a low rolling resistance fuel rating as this will save money. 

“Drivers must also ensure that tyre pressures are correct.” 

All of which, he claims, can save up to a whopping 20 percent on fuel consumption.

He also warned drivers to take the advice into consideration, especially with tyre prices increasing.

Those with a more reckless driving style may face more recurring costs for new sets of tyres, which can be pricey.

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Tyres generally cost around £50, with more premium options being around £85.

For a whole set, the difference here could mean the difference between spending £200 or spending £340.

Mike added: “The short-term outlook for the motoring consumer looks tough, inflation, higher borrowing costs, fuel prices, and maintenance are all increasing.

“However, the freedom & independence motoring brings will not give rise to a reduction in cars on our roads.”

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Mr Wise said the rise in price was due to the British pound being weaker than the US dollar, as well as logistical issues stemming from COVID-19.

Tyre variants and applications have become more specific with the electric vehicle revolution attracting higher acquisition costs.

Mr Wise also commented on the new Prime Minister Liz Truss, saying that the Government needs to act quickly to see an “action plan”.

He said: “Thus far not a lot has been done by the Government.

“There is never any mention from the treasury over the increase in VAT and fuel duty obtained from higher pump prices.

“However, with Liz Truss coming into office I’m hoping more will be put in place for motorists across the country.” 

In 2022, there has been an increase in new vehicle registrations, which remains 33.2 percent below 2019 levels. 

The effect on used car prices due to new car shortages post COVID-19 in 2021 has resulted in a £4,500 increase on average pre-Covid prices. 

These high ticket values have contributed significantly to UK inflation.

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