How to improve your fuel consumption to save money

3 October 2018

With an increase in the petrol price, you’ll need to up your fuel efficiency to save your pocket. Here are ways to be more fuel friendly

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How to improve your fuel consumption to save money

With an increase in the petrol price, you’ll need to up your fuel efficiency to save your pocket. Here are ways to be more fuel friendly

The AA reported last month that “the biggest fuel price hike in South Africa’s history” could take place in October. They were commenting on mid-month unaudited data from the Central Energy Fund.

"A spike in international oil prices and a huge swing in the rand/US dollar exchange rate have combined to predict a knockout blow at the pumps at the end of September," warned the AA in a statement. "Based on the current data, petrol users will be paying R1.12 more per litre, with illuminating paraffin costing R1.17 more."

Since your ride will be likely be more expensive, we’ve put together some smart things you can do to be more fuel efficient and save on that next visit to the petrol station.

Ride smoothly :

Don't accelerate quickly or stamp on the brakes – rather ride smoother and coast to a stop.

Drive at the speed limit :

Aside from staying within the law, driving at the speed limit can save you money in costly fines - as well as fuel. All cars lose fuel economy at speeds above 90km/h, so driving at 80km/h instead of 100 km/h will reduce your fuel costs drastically.

Stay in the higher gears :

While the lower gears such as first and second are known as power gears as they generate more power, they also consume a lot more fuel. Try use the higher gears as much as possible without stalling your car. When appropriate, use your cruise control on a highway, which can also help you save on petrol.

Minimise the usage of air conditioners and seat warmers :

Only use aircons and seat warmers when necessary as these increase fuel use too.

Park in the shade :

When you park in the shade, your car is kept cool, which minimises the evaporation of petrol.

Ensure correct tyre pressure :

Check your tyre pressure at least once a month. Under-inflated tires burn more fuel.

Don’t rev your engine :

Revving your engine, particularly just before you turn the engine off wastes petrol unnecessarily.

Don’t leave your car idling :

Don’t leave your car idling for more than a minute, as this consumes unnecessary fuel.

Remove unnecessary weight :

The heavier your car is, the more fuel it will burn. Minimising the load of your car can go a long way in reducing your fuel consumption.

Prioritise maintenance :

Regular maintenance will help your car achieve its most efficient fuel economy.

Some overlooked maintenance items (like a dirty air filter) can increase your fuel cost up to 13%. The majority of maintenance plans include such items, so investing in a comprehensive plan can help you save on fuel long-term.

Read more:

Gautrain vs Driving: What’s more cost effective?

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