Driving Guru offers fuel-saving tips on visit to Bluewater

PUBLISHED: 13:40 19 May 2011

Quentin Willson

Quentin Willson


»Motoring guru Quentin Willson is hoping to educate cash-strapped motorists and the government on how to save fuel amid rising costs.

The former Top Gear presenter and respected motoring journalist is supporting Shell Fuelsave roadshow, which launches at Bluewater Shopping Centre, in Greenhithe, on Saturday.

Mr Willson said: “Look, if I’m going to go hard on this I would say the government had to do something about fuel duty. It’s 24p more than the rest of Europe. It’s not up to motorists to finance the government deficit. Is this level of duty sustainable?

“But this is also about public awareness. It’s become so much part of the family budget and you can’t be reckless about that.

“There are things we should all do. This can start with the type of fuel we use, our driving habits and even looking at changing the driving test so fuel consumption is covered.”

Before agreeing to sign up to Shell FuelSave roadshow, which promotes the use of the company’s specially formulated fuel, he demanded his own independent test.

He added: “I’m very cynical. They claimed Fuelsave could get one litre extra out of a tank and I said: ‘Erm, ok, let me test it?”

Choosing a Honda Civic, he drove the 671 miles from Inverness to Brighton, getting 61.8 miles per gallon, compared to the official guideline of just 42, completing the journey on one tank of fuel.

Top tip

He added: “The type of fuel is important but so is the way we drive. Pushing the accelerator creates fuel and costs money and braking destroys that fuel. There are so many other factors to consider and this is what the roadshow aims to highlight. My top tip is to drive like you’re a chauffeur, think of your gran sipping sherry in the back.”

He is giving someone the chance to win a year’s supply of free fuel worth £3,650 by taking part in a masterclass and becoming a champion for their area.

Mr Willson, who drives a diesel Range Rover, is a fan of electric cars.

“They are the future for urban areas,” he said. “I’ve just bought a Citroën CO. It can do 100 miles on about £2.”

He will join the Shell Fuelsave team at Bluewater this Saturday and Sunday.

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