The RAC is complaining about the cost of driving (see Cost of motoring soars by 6.3% as drivers feel the pinch – Press Releases – RAC). I do the same. I think it is disgraceful that drivers do not pay a fair price. However, one problem for the RAC is that a fair price would make driving much more expensive see my post I agree with David Cameron “I want to give the motorist a fair deal.”. Also look at this graph from the office for National Statistics (hat tipRoad Danger Reduction Forum » How motorists have it so cheap):
However, beyond their pathetic attempts to present drivers as hard done to (compare to the huge increases in rail fares this year) they also miss the entirely obvious.
The RAC give tips to drivers for saving money. They include all the obvious tips that save a few pence at best (correct tyre pressures for example). But due to their catastrophic loss of brains they fail to notice the two obvious ways for drivers to save money.
Every driver can save money in the ways the RAC are too blind to notice:
Option 1. Drive Less
Duh. With all their “wisdom” the RAC totally miss out on the easiest way for every driver to save money (on fuel, on maintenance, on insurance and on depreciation). Simply drive less. Every mile less you drive money stays in your pocket. You can drive less by avoiding trips, combining trips, sharing cars, switching to walking or cycling or to public transport.
Everyone can save money this way, but the RAC have not noticed it.
Option 2. Drive slower
If you slow down you will use less fuel. Again the RAC don’t seem to know about this one. Judging from the flashing signs showing people speeding around here neither do many drivers. Slow down, drive more carefully with bigger gaps so you can brake more gently, accelerate more slowly and you will use less fuel. Oh and you are much less likely to kill someone which is a nice benefit for society.
The RAC have an Elephant problem. The Elephant in the room that they ignore is that driving has a significant cost for the driver and for society. The problem is that if they were to acknowledge this Elephant then their power (and money) would disappear – who wants an organisation that exists to promote something that is bad for us as individuals and society to have power? They therefore keep their eyes closed and their brains turned off so they don’t notice that they exist to promote a dinosaur heading for extinction.