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6:01am 24th November 2011

It is claimed Cornwall is paying through the nozzle just to get to work.

Statistics reveal we are paying over £70 in petrol to commute every month.

That is up £5 since the start of the year and is £20 more than people in cities.

Jenny Dunn, Policy Researcher for the Countryside Alliance which carried out the research, said, “The unprecedented rise in fuel costs since the beginning of the year has placed a heavy burden on people who need their car to get to work. This burden weighs far heavier on rural people, for whom cars are a necessity due to the long commutes and lack of public transport options. The Countryside Alliance is urging the Chancellor to take action on the cost of fuel as a matter of urgency by cutting fuel duty. The future viability of rural businesses and communities are under severe threat from the spiralling costs of driving.”

The organisation is calling on the Chancellor to abandon plans for another fuel duty hike in his autumn spending statement next week.

In Cornwall the average driver spends £72.93 on filling up their car every month. That is £22 or 43% higher than the average in an urban area.

Jason manages a fleet of vehicles in the Duchy. He said, "There is a big knock on effect. The cost goes onto the customer. I think everyone in the country has got something to worry about, not just Cornwall."

Three ways to help slash your petrol bill by up to a third.

  • Start looking for somewhere cheap to fill up before you hit the red. That way you won't be forced to use the nearest and dearest filling station. Don't over fill your tank either. Remember - extra fuel is extra weight and will ironically use up extra fuel to carry around.
  • Don't floor it! Accelerate gently, make sure you are in the right gear. Don't stop/start with your brakes, let the car slow down naturally.
  •  Make sure your tyres are correctly inflated that way your car will have to work less hard. Have a clear out too and get rid of any extra weight caused by stuff in the boot - and switch off the air con.

6:01am 24th November 2011

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