how to save petrol in South Africa

how to save petrol in South Africa

How to save petrol in South Africa

How to save petrol? You can start by buying the cheapest petrol and diesel, This is the first step and the easiest way to cut your fuel costs, Although there are other things you can do to get the most mileage out of your tank.

Here are 11 tips on How to save petrol

1) Stay aerodynamic

  • Wind resistance affects and increases fuel consumption.
  • Keep your windows closed at high speeds and remove roof racks and boxes when not in use.

2) Slow down, Drive at Lower Speeds

  • The AA, has said dropping from 120kmh to 110kmh could increase your fuel consumption by up to 25%.
  • If you’re on smaller roads, slowing down from 110kmh to 100kmh could save another 10% .

4) Maintenance & Services

  • Service your car regularly to maintain engine efficiency and make sure you’re using the correct engine oil and petrol (check the handbook).

5) Sensible driving, Drive respectively 

  • Read the road ahead, anticipating the actions of other drivers and potential hazards.
  • The less you braking and acceleration, the less fuel you use.
  • For instance, drive smoothly in heavy traffic and avoid driving fast to catch up to the car in front, then having to brake.

6) Drop the revs, High revs are not needed.

  • Do not drive around using high RPM (revolutions per minute or RPM) Do not run your RPM up to 3,000 per minute (petrol car) and 2,500 (diesel) before changing up a gear.
  • It’s more efficient to move up a gear at 2,500 (petrol) and 2,000 (diesel).
  • Use high gears, such as fifth and sixth gears, sooner than later.

7) Look after your tyres

  • Well maintained tyres are essential for safe and economical driving.
  • Check tyre pressures regularly (especially before a motorway journey).
  • The AA have said correctly inflated tyres can improve fuel consumption by up to 2%.

8) Reduce the weight of the car

  • A lighter car will use less fuel, so don’t drive around with unnecessary items in your boot and unless you’re on a long journey, consider running your fuel tank half full or less.

9) Slow down for Speed bumps 

  • Braking hard, accelerating, then braking for the next speed bump is inefficient and uses extra fuel.
  • Try to drive along at a steady 15-20kmh instead.

10) Air con or open windows?

  • Air-conditioning increases fuel consumption, especially at low speeds.
  • If it’s a hot day, use the air conditioning for high speed driving, but open the windows around town.

11) Ditch your car

  • It sounds obvious, but the simplest way to save on your fuel costs is to cut your car use – try walking, cycling or public transport for shorter journeys, or car sharing for your commute.

12) Drive a manual

  • According to the AA, automatics use 10% to 15% more fuel than manuals.
  • However, the gap is closing as modern, efficient semi-automatics become more popular.
  • There’s also little difference between automatics and manuals on highways.
  • Work out how much fuel you use every week. Now try slowing down for a week and see what difference it makes.
  • Find out the facts when thinking about whether you need a car, and make sure you know how much different types of cars cost to run.

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