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Bank charges: Millions of pounds in fuel wasted every winter

Drivers in the UK are set to waste almost £50 million of petrol this winter from leaving their car running while trying to defrost the windows, a new study has indicated.

Direct Line Car Insurance found that some 300 million road miles are wasted through idle engines, which could take the average car around the world 13,000 times.

The sky high figures are due to the fact that fuel costs are so expensive at present, as it only takes three minutes to defrost a car.

Yet, five per cent of drivers leave their car running for over ten minutes, causing them to be responsible for £2.45 million of all fuel wasted.

"With fuel prices having risen more than 40 pence per litre since 2007, it makes more sense than ever to consider alternative methods of defrosting your car on icy days," said Steve Price, head of Direct Line Car Insurance.

He recommends Brits invest in a windscreen frost guard and night aerosol sprays to prevent the build up of ice to try to save money, which can be put towards other expenditures such as bank charges.

Charles Baker
Charles is a reputed financial analyst with decades of experience under his belt.ADNFCR-2776-ID-801486808-ADNFCR

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