See how you can cut down on your fuel costs with these handy fuel saving tips.
Boost fuel efficiency by 10% with slow and relaxed acceleration. Fuel consumption increases significantly over about 90 km/h and at 110 km/h your car uses up to 25% more fuel. A steadier speed, like highway driving, saves fuel.
It’s easier to keep a steady speed if you stay a few seconds back. Also, avoid accelerating and decelerating unnecessarily, which happens when you tailgate.
Releasing the accelerator to slow down stops the fuel supply and ups your fuel efficiency.
About 10% extra fuel is used when the car air conditioner is operating.
Before you switch the AC, drive with the windows down for a few minutes if it’s hotter inside your car. Although, at over 80 km/h speed, it’s better to use the AC than an open window as this creates aerodynamic drag.
Your fuel efficiency will drop by 12% if you run the air conditioning at 25°C when it’s 25°C outside. Set it at a reasonable temperature.
To improve your fuel efficiency by up to 4% and have a smooth ride, regularly check tyre pressure and keep it above 50kPa.
To avoid fuel drain, make sure to check and replace engine oil, oil filters, and air cleaner elements.
More fuel is used the more weight your vehicle carries — you can lose 3% in fuel efficiency. Take it out if it doesn’t need to be in the car. Now, it doesn’t mean your girlfriend. Put her down!
Leave heavy items like sports equipment and other tools if not needed on a trip.
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Before you turn the key, sort yourself out first as letting the engine run when you’re not driving is a waste of fuel. Start off slowly as soon as you’ve switched the car on.
Rather than letting it idle, turn the engine off when you’re waiting or loading/unloading. Switch off the engine to save more fuel as opposed to bursting it when you restart.
Save fuel and your sanity by avoiding the bumper-to-bumper crawl.
Keep your car regularly maintained, well tuned, and use proper petrol in it.
Manufacturers have petrol recommended for your vehicle. Expect fractionally higher consumption and slightly less performance if you use regular unleaded in a car which should be run on premium unleaded.
If you have a car emergency but don’t have an extra fund for it, consider taking out cash advance loans.
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