Travel

Uttlesford is a rural district and many residents rely on using a car or public transport to get out and about.

While the average price of fuel has dropped over the last few months, petrol still costs 26p a litre more than a year ago, and diesel 40p a litre more.

You can save on fuel by making your car more fuel efficient and filling up in the right place.

Make your car more fuel efficient

Keep your tyres inflated 
Lower tyre pressures increase drag on a car, meaning you need more fuel.

Declutter your car 
The lighter your car is, the less effort it needs to accelerate.

Take your roof rack off
A roof rack, even unused, adds wind resistance to a car, increasing drag and making the engine work harder.

Save cruise control for motorways
On long, flat roads, cruise control helps you save on fuel by maintaining a constant speed. However, used regularly on roads that are not flat, it will increase how much fuel you use because it is slower to react to changes in gradient, meaning it will accelerate for longer than a driver would when going up a hill.

Find cheaper petrol or diesel

Find the cheapest petrol or diesel prices in your area by visiting Petrol Prices. There is also a mobile app to make it easier to use on your phone.

It covers about 8,500 forecourts across the UK. Results tend to be between one and four days old so there may not be an exact match when you drive up, though it should be close. Using it can save £5-£7 each time you fill up.

Bus fare cap

The fare for single bus journeys in England will be capped at £2 between 1st January and 31st March next year. The bus fare cap will only apply to single journeys but could save you an average of £3 per single fare.

Uttlesford Community Travel

Uttlesford Community Travel provides services to the residents of Uttlesford who find it difficult to access normal public transport, people aged over 60, disabled people and those who are rurally isolated.

All Uttlesford Community Travel minibuses are wheelchair accessible and all drivers are fully trained and checked through the Disclosure and Barring Service.

There is an annual membership fee and subsequent journeys are charged per mile.

Bus Service Operators Grant (BSOG)

BSOG is a grant paid to operators of eligible bus services and community transport organisations to help them recover some of their fuel costs.

The amount each bus operator receives is based on their annual fuel consumption.

BSOG also aims to benefit passengers by helping operators keep fares down and enabling operators to run services that might otherwise be unprofitable and could lead to cancellation.