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Mum Moves Daughter To New School To Cut Petrol Bill

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:00am 30th October 2013. (Updated at 6:08am 30th October 2013)

A Cornish mum has told Pirate FM she has had to change her daughter's school because she can't afford the fuel to get there.

Trudy Molloy has given up her car - and found a job she can walk to.

It comes as Asda, Morrisons, Sainsburys and Tesco cut the price of fuel in a fresh supermarket price war.

Trudy said: "I walk to work now. I've actually moved my daughter from a different school so it's walking distance, just to save on the fuel costs. I have to commute to my partner's on a regular basis - but it was too expensive so we've just pooled it and now we share a car.

"The wages aren't the same down here yet the fuel prices are expensive and the cost of living expenses are expensive as well. It just doesn't marry up - it's not fair."

Businessman Mick Blakey from Charlestown travels across the Duchy and Devon - but is having to make cut backs. He told Pirate FM: "I supply quite a lot of galleries around the county and out of the county. Every time I fill my van up I notice the difference and it's getting to the point where a tank of fuel costs £100 for me. And it hurts.

"I do find I'm cutting my mileage back as a result - which is a shame. You do need to travel around. It is an issue and quite a worry because you can't pass theses prices onto the customers."

It comes as supermarkets slash the cost of filling up.

Asda is imposing a national cap on prices, saying drivers filling up at its forecourts will pay no more than 126.7p a litre for petrol or 133.7p for diesel.

Sainsbury's says it is cutting prices by up to 3p - their cheapest for two and a half years.

Tesco will reduce prices by up to 2p. Morrisons will do the same "at the majority of its sites".

Last week Pirate FM told you how Cornwall had been left off a list to get cut price petrol as part of a government scheme to help rural areas.

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.
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