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As the cost of a litre of petrol continues to climb to ever higher record levels, drivers have been doing every last thing they can to try to squeeze a few extra miles out of the tank.

And one of those ideas is said to save as much as £166 in a year – hey, it all adds up – and it’s been approved by the Highway Code itself.

Motoring experts are calling on drivers to switch off their engines while idle. Completely turning it off, not just switching to the ignition.

Read more: Cheapest and most expensive petrol and diesel in Leeds

Not only could the added up savings total £166 in a year when the price of fuel rises north of £1.65 – more like £1.80 for a diesel – but the practice is also good for the environment, BirminghamLive reports.

MotorEasy founder and CEO Duncan McClure Fisher said: “One thing many people do that is entirely unnecessary is to leave their engine idling. This can be done first thing in the morning to ‘warm it up’ or when stuck in traffic.

“Even dropping off something at a friend’s house can see people leave the motor running instead of turning off the ignition.

“While this might seem very innocent, research has shown an idling engine can burn through 3-4p of fuel a minute. If you are doing 10 minutes of warming up, five days a week, and spending another 30 minutes per week stuck in traffic – that adds up to a very handy £166 a year that’s being wasted.”

Figures from data firm Experian Catalist show the average cost of a litre of petrol at UK forecourts has increased by 16p in the past month.

RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said: “With the spring statement just a week away, drivers will be looking to the Chancellor to end their misery by cutting duty or VAT. One thing’s for sure: simply reiterating that fuel duty has been frozen at 58p a litre simply isn’t going to cut it.”

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