Savvy motorists are saving around two months worth of fuel annually

Study reveals over half are taking steps to save on fuel used by their cars.

Petrol Fuel Pumps
STV

Motorists throughout Moray and the Highlands are catching on fast to methods that they can use to save cash on their soaring energy bills.

A new study has found that over half of those driving in the region have already taken steps to save on the fuel they use in their cars, with 44% now easing off the pedal and reducing speed to save on fuel.

According to new statistics from the Energy Saving Trust, motorists are learning that they can save up to two months' worth of petrol and diesel each year.

Over 1000 adults around Scotland took park in the YouGov study that concluded 49% of Scottish male motorists are driving their car slower in an attempt to save money on fuel, compared to just 41 per cent of Scottish female drivers.

Caireen Ros, specialist transport advisor at the Energy Saving Scotland advice centre for the Highlands and Islands, said: "It comes as no surprise to hear that drivers in the Highlands and Islands are slowing down to reduce the amount of money they spend on fuel - the faster you go, the more fuel you use.

"There are other ways to save too, however. Fuel efficient driving tips like anticipating road conditions and driving smoothly, shifting to a higher gear as soon as possible and switching off air conditioning all have their part to play - and they don't necessarily slow you down.

"Our research has shown drivers in our region who follow a range of ten simple tips can save two months' worth of fuel each and every year - a huge saving in the current economic climate."

The Energy Saving Trust runs Fuel Efficient Driver Training Sessions across the country.

During these an approved driving instructor explains how following a few simple tips behind the wheel can save drivers money and carbon emissions. A limited number of sessions are currently subsidised from £40 to £12.

Anyone wanting more details on taking up fuel efficient driving should check out Energy Saving Trust Scotland's website or call their local Energy Saving Scotland advice centre on 0800 512 012.

Your report: If you have information on this or any other story, please let us know. You can send information, pictures to stuart.crowther@stv.tv or call us on 07753 786177.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. At least 6 characters please. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
At least 6 characters please
ShowHide
This field is required. At least 6 characters please.
You have to be 16 or over to join
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
Type your full postcode and select your address This field is required. It doesn't look like you've entered a valid postcode. Can't find your address? Confirm the details you've given us are correct by clicking here

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, including our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. Any issues contact us.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.