How to Save Fuel in Difficult Times
Since the beginning of July, it seems that we are being hit from all sides record high petrol prices, the implementation of stage 6 loadshedding and increases in electricity prices. It looks like this will be our life for some time, meaning that we need to brace ourselves for our wallets to be slammed. To help ease our financial burden, we have put together some tips to reduce fuel costs.
Easy Does it
Good driving behaviour not only promotes safety on the roads but also can improve fuel efficiency. Aggressive driving, including behaviours such as rapid acceleration, speeding and hard braking can end up costing you more on fuel. Instead, try accelerating smoothly, braking more gently and staying in one lane if it’s safe to do so. In addition to saving fuel, as well as prolonging brakes and tyres, did you know that good driving techniques can result in rewards on your insurance?
Give Your Car Some TLC
A well-tuned car can have a surprising effect on the amount of fuel it uses. A regularly serviced car will help ensure that your oil and air filters are regularly changed, that your tyre pressure is correct, any tired spark plugs are replaced, as well as many other mechanical factors that help save fuel. For example, did you know that worn-out spark plugs can reduce the fuel economy by a whopping 30%? It is also important to regularly service your car to ensure it is roadworthy, which will help prevent rejected claims in the future.
Be a Light Weight
Every extra kilo can increase the fuel consumption of your car. If your car is carrying a heavier load, the engine works harder to keep it going, which results in high fuel consumption. Try to keep your boot and back seat clear of unnecessary items that can add weight to your car.
Don’t be such a Drag
Opening windows while at high speeds and piling equipment onto your roof rack can have a significant effect on your car’s fuel economy by increasing the drag on the air. High speeds will also increase the wind resistance, which will also lead to higher consumption of fuel.
No Drain, No Pain
An important fuel of thumb is that anything that drains your car’s battery will drain your fuel – like air conditioning. Although we are in winter, we may need to cool off during that day. Instead of using the air conditioning, try driving with the windows down (but at low speeds to prevent drag).
Let’s get Pumped
Many factors can affect the pressure of your car tyres. Softer tyres take more effort to move the car on the road, which, as a consequence, leads to higher fuel consumption. The manufacturers’ tyre pressure recommendations take efficiency, performance, safety and handling into consideration. It is, therefore, important to pump your tyres regularly according to these recommendations, which can be found on the inside of your car door or in your manual.
Time is of the essence
Driving in heavy stop-start traffic is going to have a negative impact on your fuel economy, especially with all the loadshedding. If you are a regular commuter, take the time to plan out shorter routes and avoid rush hours if you can. You’ll really notice that improvement in your fuel economy.
There are various ways in which you can save on fuel as well as on car insurance.
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This article is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as any form of advice.