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Rising fuel prices: how to save?


Fuel Prices, PUBLISHED:

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by Federica Pace


Eni Savings

The increase in fuel prices, which has skyrocketed also due to the war in Ukraine and the sanctions against Russia, has a very strong impact on Italian families, already plagued by two years of pandemic, high bills and inflation. The government is doing little or nothing to help Italians, such as removing excise duties, and citizens are increasingly left alone in the face of these enormous economic difficulties. We try to understand, through some tips, how to save, at least in part, on fuel costs.

After two years of pandemic, rising unemployment, rising inflation, high bills, the latest blow comes with rising fuel prices.

With petrol and diesel which have now exceeded two euros per liter and it is not yet known whether the price will stop or increase even more (according to some analysts, it could even reach 3 euros per liter), for Italian citizens to go to work, go shopping, go to the other side of town, accompany their children to school, empty their wallets and cause a strong economic crisis difficulties.

Rising fuel prices put Italian families in big trouble

Until two years ago, an Italian family spent an average of 145 euros per month on fuel. Now that spending can double as electric vehicles gain more and more traction in the Italian market..

Already last year, around a third of new cars purchased were electric or plug-in hybrids. In a few years, the electric sector will dominate the streets, although for the moment most Italians still prefer petrol and diesel vehicles. Last year, six out of ten cars involved petrol and diesel cars.

Petrol and diesel have now exceeded two euros per litre, but in some areas, such as the provincial road of Milan, Esso petrol has even reached 4,989 euros per litre.. The citizen who reported the incident on Milano Today sincerely hopes it was a mistake.

The price of fuel has doubled and is heading towards 3 euros per liter

Mistake or not, the price of gasoline on the market has doubled. Gasoline, served, reaches an average price of 2,117 euros/litre. The average diesel served soars to 2,019 euros/litre.

For Italian families, the car is a necessary and fundamental asset for going to work, taking the children to school, shopping and, of course, travelling. Fuel is therefore a fixed cost for each family because the car is a fundamental good.

The price increase, which, according to analysts, could soon reach three euros per liter, would be a real drama for families.

But is there a way to save on fuel consumption? Let’s find out!

Due to fuel expenses, every Italian family spends a high percentage of their total monthly income.

Now that the fuel has skyrocketed, let’s figure out how you can save something every time you drive your vehicle.

The Parclick experts have compiled a list of some simple tips:

  • When you go on a trip, follow these tips to save fuel.
  • Plan your route and choose roads in good condition. A bad road creates traffic jams and slows traffic, which means more fuel costs.
  • Choose a faster route, this way you will definitely save fuel. Extending a journey of around an hour by ten minutes can increase fuel consumption by 14%.
  • Maintain constant tire pressure. Deflated tires consume more fuel because the car will take more effort to run properly.
  • Start without pressing the accelerator too much and remember: petrol engines can be started immediately after switching on, while with diesel engines it is advisable to wait a few seconds. If you start at around 20km/h for 5 seconds, you can save up to 11% fuel.
  • Try to maintain a constant speed, without increasing it abruptly.
  • Avoid sudden acceleration, but also avoid sudden braking. The ideal would be to drive at a constant speed. When you need to slow down, take your foot off the accelerator and then just touch the brake. When you have to brake, do it gently, not suddenly.
  • Do not increase engine speed quickly. In the car, gears should be changed at the right time, and you do not need to increase the revs very much. In petrol cars, the gear change should take place at around 2000/2500 rpm, while in diesel engines the gear change should take place around 1500 rpm.
  • Do not let the engine idle for a long time. Engine idling, the vehicle consumes more, between 0.5 and 0.7 liters per hour. The car consumes fuel as long as it is in contact. So if we know we have to stand still for a while, turning off the engine will help us save.
  • If we intend to turn on heating or cooling, let a few seconds pass after switching on.
  • To significantly reduce the amount of fuel consumed with heating or air conditioning, it is necessary to turn them on a few minutes after starting, so that the machine is already warmed up.
  • Do not drive with the windows down, as this will increase the resistance the car has to face in order to move. This means more effort and more fuel consumption.
  • Maintain correct and regular maintenance of the vehicle.
  • Travel only when absolutely necessary and not with a lot of luggage.

Meanwhile, fuel prices have reached record highs!

Petrol reached 2 euros per liter and also at a higher price on the highway. In this regard, the chairman of the Senate Prices and Tariffs Committee, Sergio Divina, has proposed returning to an administered price regime.. What does it mean? Back to what it was in 1992, when prices were set by the Interministerial Price Committee.

According to Stiffoni, on the other hand, of the Lega and part of the Senate Transport Committee, the only solution would be to convince the most important flagship company, Eni, to calm prices..

Adiconsum, as all consumer associations have been asking the Government for some time, is asking the government to FINALLY abolish excise duties on fuel, absurd and very old excise duties which no longer have any reason to exist, such as those referring to the war in Ethiopia or the Suez crisis. In this way, about twenty cents per liter could be saved. One wonders why the government does not take this decision immediately?

Gasoline prices are rising more and more, because of the war in Ukraine, but also because of the sanctions that Europe is imposing on Russia, sanctions that are increasingly severe but which hurt the sanctioning countries themselves. same. Take the case of Italy which is 40% dependent on Russian gas, the impact on rising prices will be very heavy for families. These sanctions will not only hurt Russia, if they really do.

The price of petrol has now reached 2,024 euros/litre. The diesel served arrived at 1,974 euros/litre, while LPG is sold at 0.821 euros/litre.

Il Codacons denounce il fatto che siamo in presence di una vera e propria emergenza per le famiglie italiane, e questo porterà ad un aumento dei prezzi anche dei prodotti al dettaglio, se teniamo presente il fatto che in Italia l’85% della merce viaggia su rubber.

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