High fuel prices preventing family staycations

24 Jul 2014

High fuel prices are preventing Brits from enjoying holidays and trips in the UK, according to new research published by Tesco.

High fuel prices are preventing Brits from enjoying holidays and trips in the UK, according to new research published by Tesco.

85% of those surveyed said they would travel around the country more if fuel prices were cheaper, while over a third (39%) admitted that they have cut down on family day trips. With the summer holidays approaching, over a quarter (29%) of families said they would choose a trip to the seaside as their number one day out if they were given a free tank of fuel.

Stonehenge is the top UK attraction families would most like to visit, with the top ten including:

  1. Stonehenge – 26%
  2. The Eden Project – 25%
  3. Edinburgh Castle – 25%
  4. Cadbury World – 20%
  5. Windsor Castle – 18%
  6. Kew Gardens – 17%
  7. London Eye – 17%
  8. Buckingham Palace – 16%
  9. Brighton Pier – 16%
  10. Blackpool Tower – 15%

The research comes as Tesco reveals that more than six million customers have cut the price of their fuel since the launch of Clubcard Fuel Save, the only scheme of its kind in the UK, with an average saving of 7p per litre. Every time a Clubcard customer shops with Tesco, however small the shop may be, it counts towards a saving at the pump. 1 in 10 Clubcard Fuel Save customers have already saved the maximum 20p per litre.

In total, Tesco has given away a whopping 399 million free miles through Clubcard Fuel Save. This equates to*:

  • Driving from Land’s End to John o’ Groats 456,593
  • Driving around the world’s 24,901 mile circumference 16,026 times
  • Driving to the moon and back 835 times

This week, Tesco launches Clubcard Boost as part of a wider drive to help families make the most of their summer holidays. Boost, which doubles the value of Clubcard points, will be available on categories across Tesco Direct and Tesco Clothing, so customers can top up on staycation essentials such as tents, picnic kits and arts and crafts to keep kids occupied on long car journeys.

Fuel SaveCustomers can also use their points on family days out to 250 places across the UK, such as Madame Tussauds, The Eden Project and Longleat Safari park.

And to make life easier for customers on self-catering staycations, Tesco has launched 17 convenient Click & Collect Grocery sites at popular holiday destinations, including Padstow, St Ives, and Ilfracombe.

Leonie Foster, Customer Communications Director at Tesco, comments: “We know that many of our customers want to get away this summer and enjoy the beautiful British countryside, but the cost of fuel means they can’t explore the UK as much as they’d like to. Clubcard Fuel Save, alongside Boost and free pick up from popular Click & Collect Grocery sites, will ensure that customers can enjoy a holiday in the UK for less.”

To help customers travelling to UK holiday hotspots, Tesco has enlisted the RAC to share some tips on how to drive more fuel efficiently.

RAC fuel spokesperson, Simon Williams, says: “There are plenty of ways to drive more efficiently, which will not only benefit the environment, but drivers’ wallets too, from lightening the load to gentle acceleration. We’ve joined forces with Tesco as part of the Fuel Save initiative to share tips and advice, and help motorists go further for less.”

Top tips include: 

  • Keep your tyres inflated – lower tyre pressure increases the drag on your car, meaning you need more fuel, so regularly check the pressures are correct and your car will need less ‘oomph’ to keep it moving.
  • Gentle acceleration – Efficient driving means getting rid of the ‘heavy foot’ habit that leads to filling up far more frequently. Gentle acceleration and deceleration, and keeping a consistent speed, also makes for fuel efficient and, more importantly, safe driving.
  • Take off your roof rack – a roof rack, even unused, adds wind resistance to a car, increasing drag and making the engine work harder. So if you don't need it, take it off, along with anything else that's inefficient. Even closing the windows will make the car run slightly more efficiently.
  • De-clutter – the lighter your car is, the less effort it needs to accelerate. By de-cluttering – clearing out junk from the boot and not carrying unnecessary weight – you can make extra savings.
  • Turn off your engine – whenever possible turn your engine off, for example in traffic or during big delays on motorways. Modern cars have this facility as an automatic feature simply to save fuel and of course reduce exhaust emissions.

For more information and terms and conditions please visit www.tesco.com/fuelsave. Follow the conversation on Twitter at #FuelSave.

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Notes to Editors:

*Based on the What Car TrueMPG overall average MPG figure

Survey conducted by OnePoll of 2,000 respondents.

The Click & Collect Grocery service at the following locations will launch from 9th July until 7th September:

Abergele, Braunton, Caister, Diss, Exmouth, Hunstanton, Padstow, Pembroke Dock, St Ives, Stalham, Caemarfon South Road, Cardigan, Castle Douglas, Fakenham, Ilfracombe, Ullapool, Hornsea

Clubcard Boost will be available from 21st July to 8th September in the following departments:

Online

  • Everything on Tesco Direct (excluding products sold as Partners at Tesco)
  • Everything at F-F.com including School Uniform
  • Opticians

In Store

  • Everything on Tesco Direct (stores that have Direct desks, and excludes products sold as Partners at Tesco)
  • All Clothing including School Uniform
  • Back to School Accessories
  • Hudl and Hudl Accessories
  • Opticians

For more details visit tesco.com/clubcard

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