The cost of living crisis has caused people to change a number of habits in how they spend their money in order to make greater savings.

This has also impacted how people drive their cars, with there being a number of ways to make small savings purely in how you drive or plan your route.

As reported by the PA News Agency, a study conducted by Kia of 1,200 UK drivers it found that a third pay more attention to where they are going to refuel or recharge their car to do so more affordably.

Additionally, 28% of drivers are planning out their routes ahead of time to make their journeys more economical.

Drivers are taking several steps now in an effort to save money when travelling (Credit: Canva)More people are planning out their route to save money on fuel costs (PA)

Even behind the wheel itself can bring opportunities to use less fuel, and therefore save more money.

The survey showed that 31% are more efficient in their driving technique, such as using less throttle and maintaining a lower speed than usual to save fuel.


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This change is more noticeable in younger drivers, with 54% of 18 to 24-year-olds adapting how they drive compared with 26% for those aged between 55 and 64.

Some ways to save money on fuel have come from simply using the car less for shorter journeys, with 37% of people in the survey having done that, whilst 37% have switched to walking or cycling ‘where possible'.

Of those with a petrol or diesel car, 52% said that they were now either ‘likely’ or ‘very likely’ to make the switch to an electric or hybrid vehicle when they next change their car, with Londoners being the keenest to make the switch.

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