Modern cars 'use less fuel'

Prospective car insurance customers who are looking into buying a vehicle may find they can reduce the amount they spend on fuel if they purchase a new automobile, it has been suggested.

In an article for the Sydney Morning Herald, Alan Pears noted that even if the 6.5 cent carbon price is added to the cost of petrol or diesel, this can be offset if Aussies opt for cars that are not gas guzzlers.

Those who need to go online to compare car insurance for recently purchased second-hand vehicles might also find their vehicle is surprisingly cheap to run, as there are plenty used motors that use fuel efficiently, he added.

Other tips provided for Aussie motorists hoping to minimise their fuel bills included pumping up tyres, removing roof bars and taking any excess weight out of the boot.

Even steps as simple as driving more smoothly can help cut the amount spent on petrol, he concluded.

According to car finance provider Community CPS, driving in a lower gear is another effective way to reduce fuel consumption.

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