The ever increasing petrol prices is a shared concern for all motorists, and for some it is becoming seemingly difficult to keep up with inflation. Unfortunately there is not much that you can do about the cost of petrol, but you as the driver can get the most out of your money with these easy tips.
Don’t drive like a racer
Unless you’re on the open road, don’t drive fast when there is no need for it. When your speed increases the drag on your car increases as well, even driving 100km/h instead of 120km/h can reduce your fuel consumption by approximately 15%. Removing your roof racks will also reduce your wind resistance and in turn decrease your fuel consumption.
Lose the extra weight!
A lot of us carry extra cargo in our cars which is absolutely useless and unnecessary. Reducing the weight in your vehicle can decrease your fuel consumption, so try take out all the unnecessary stuff that you don’t need. The less junk in the trunk the better.
Don’t idle for too long
If you are stuck in a traffic jam or even a road block stop/go, rather turn your engine off than to idle. Turning your engine on and off uses less fuel than 2 or 3 minutes of idling.
Use your Air Conditioning sparingly
We know how easy and convenient it is to just turn the air conditioning on and enjoy the cool breezes, but unfortunately it does increase your fuel consumption. At the same time driving with your windows up is another good practice as this reduces air drag.
Check your tyres!
Develop the habit of regularly checking your tyre pressure, it is estimated that for every 6psi a tyre is deflated below its stated pressure, fuel consumption increases by 1%
Accelerate and brake cautiously
Try and practise slow and steady acceleration and braking, this simple exercise can help save fuel as harsh acceleration can use up to 20% more fuel
If you can get in the habit of practising these easy steps on a daily bases, then you will be doing yourself a massive favour in the long run.
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