By Alexi Falson, 26 May, 2021
How to save money on fuel
March 10, 2021
Keeping fuel cost down is a common battle for all generations of drivers, as we consistently try to find ways to make our fuel tanks go further. We thought it's about time we contribute some tips on ways to save your money and your petrol.
Pedal to the metal? No!
Accelerating aggressively while driving especially from a complete stop, negatively impacts your fuel efficiency. Try to accelerate gradually, remember, the faster you accelerate, the more fuel and money you’re burning.
Cruise control? Yes!
When the road conditions and route you are travelling on is relatively flat and the speed is consistent, try to use your Cruise Control. This will help the car to accelerate smoothly and burn as little fuel as possible to maintain that consistent speed.
Check your tyre pressure regularly
A lot of people seems to overlook the importance of maintaining a consistent, recommended tyre pressure. Be sure to check your tyre pressure at least once a month when the tyres are cold. Well maintained tyre pressure is essential to enhance the life of the tread of tyre, rolling resistance and overall performance of your car.
Change your air filter
A clogged air filter can reduce the fuel efficiency of your car. Usually an air filter should be replaced every 20,000 km's but checking regularly wouldn’t hurt. Also if possible, choose to avoid driving on dirt and gravel roads as it increases the chance of your air filter clogging.
Windows up vs. no airconditioning
Driving with the windows down increases drag which slows down your car, meaning it needs more fuel to run. On the other hand, running the A/C requires energy from the engine which also needs more fuel. But if you had to choose, which one should you sacrifice? According to a research done by General Motors and SAE, it is better to turn off your A/C as the energy required for an A/C outweighs the cost presented by the wind drags.
The heavier the car, the lighter the wallet
Always be sure to empty the backseat and boot from unnecessary items such as sports gear and golf clubs. The more weight in the car means more power is required to move it, which means more fuel is needed.
Avoid filling up when the fuel trucks are there
Avoid refuelling your car when the fuel trucks are on site topping up the tanks. When petrol station tanks are being filled, this can cause movements of sediments that lay on the petrol station tank floor.. These sediments can potentially be transferred to your vehicle and reduces your car’s performance or efficiency. For example, fuel filters and fuel injectors might be blocked.
Servicing is not a choice
When it’s time to service, make sure you service it! It will help reduce the risk of having mechanical issues that might lead to a less efficient engine.
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