The average UK car costs an eye-watering £192 a month to run, with fuel accounting for nearly half of the total expenditure.

A study, conducted by CarParts4Less, the online car parts provider, found that fuel costs the typical driver £1,142 every 12 months.

However, this varies considerably by fuel-type with a year’s worth of petrol averaging £1,042, a diesel engine is 26 per cent more expensive, costing the driver £1,312.

Even at current fuel prices, which are at a four-year low due to Covid-19, 12 months' worth of fuel costs £890 for petrol and £1,112 for diesel.

The next biggest outlay is insurance. While this depends on many factors, such as the make and model of vehicle, where the driver lives and the type of cover, the average motorist forks out over £500 annually.

On top of these, London drivers may also have to pay congestion charges. At £11.50 a day, a commuter could spend £2,600 a year travelling through the city centre, taking their overall annual motoring costs to a staggering £4,900.

While some of the costs, such as road tax and breakdown cover, may be set in stone, it is possible to cut down on some of the other expenses.

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CarParts4Less has given its top tips on how to reduce motoring costs:

Reduce fuel costs by managing revs 

The most fuel-efficient RPM to change up a gear is 2,500 for a petrol car and 2,000 for diesel. Driving at 55-65mph instead of 70-80mph can also save you money, as the engine runs at a lower RPM, reducing fuel consumption by 25 per cent.

Cut insurance costs by selecting the right cover

Third-party insurance is the most basic form of cover, but it is not always the cheapest. Shop around and check the price of fully comprehensive cover, as, despite offering the most protection, that is often where the best deals are found.

Do your own car maintenance

Basic car maintenance can help a vehicle run more efficiently.  Keep things running smoothly by ensuring engine fluids are topped up. Minor defects like broken mirrors or bulbs can easily be replaced at home instead of paying for labour charges.

Helen Robinson, of CarParts4Less, said: “For many Brits, driving is an essential part of their lifestyle, but unfortunately it comes with some substantial costs.

"Our research has highlighted the variety of expenses that a typical driver has to pay, and they certainly add up.

“However, there are a few things that motorists can do to keep these costs down and hopefully our tips can help to make driving more affordable.”