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Cost-cutting motorists going "too far"

Thu, 26 Feb 2009
A new trend among hard-up motorists has been condemned by Kwik-Fit.

The company explained a growing number of drivers were attempting to cut fuel costs by putting their vehicles into neutral when travelling downhill.

Research by the firm found 15 per cent of motorists indulge in this practice, which has been dubbed eco-coasting.

Vehicle owners were warned being out of gear means being out of control and if they insist on free-wheeling they could end up facing a car insurance claim.

Kwik-Fit also pointed out any savings made at the pump would soon be eaten away by problems caused as a result of additional wear and tear on the brakes.

Speaking on behalf of the company, David White said: "Eco-coasting is clearly on the rise as millions of motorists look to save money on their fuel bills, but the associated dangers make it a money-saving step too far."

A previous study by Kwik-Fit found a nice car can be crucial in securing a date.

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