With the hefty fuel price hike, I’m sure the question on everyone’s mind right now is how to improve your petrol consumption and save money on petrol.
Here are a few things I’ve been doing since the last fuel price hike to improve on my petrol consumption and minimize my petrol bill:
1) PUMP UP YOUR TYRES TO YOUR TYRE SPECIFICATION
Properly inflated tyres can bring you some petrol savings and improve your driving experience. Keeping your tyres inflated is one of the easiest and most important things one can do to improve fuel economy. The Tyre specification is stated clearly on it tyre Itself!
2) AVOID SPEEDING
Even if you drive very fast always keep to a certain speed limit. When you go above a certain speed limit, your car starts to face strong wind resistance. This threshold will depend on your car’s aerodynamics, but generally anything over 80 km/h means you are using up extra petrol just to overcome wind resistance.
Driving below the speed limit also saves money indirectly by avoiding traffic summons, and keeping you safe from accidents.
2) SWITCH OFF ACCESSORIES BEFORE START
Switch off all power consuming accessories like Radio, air-condition etc. before switching on the ignition so as to minimize battery load during the next start.
3) AVOID STRONG ACCELERATION
Eliminate strong acceleration (sudden acceleration from idle). It wastes fuel. Accelerate slowly when starting from dead stop. Accelerating suddenly, or jack rabbit starts will burn more petrol because you are using a lot of energy to get your car moving.
4) PUTTING YOUR CAR GEAR INTO NEUTRAL WHEN IN IDLE
When sitting at a set of traffic lights or in traffic for an extended length of time, put your car into neutral or park. This can save a significant amount of fuel.
5) SHUT ALL YOUR CAR WINDOWS.
Shutting all your car windows while driving will make your car more aerodynamic. This will improve your car’s fuel efficiency. Driving with them open drastically reduces your fuel efficiency. In highway driving, over 50% of the power produced by the engine is used to overcome aerodynamic drag.
6) TRAVEL LIGHT
Avoid carrying any unnecessary weight in your car. On the average, every 50kg added load in your car will increase fuel consumption by 2%.
7) PLAN AHEAD
Plan ahead so that you make a single round trip, instead of making many individual trips to do different errands. Traffic jams are terrible for fuel consumption. There’s a lot of starting, stopping, idling and excessive acceleration to prevent others from cutting into your lane. Take alternative routes to avoid traffic jams, or plan your trip to avoid rush hour traffic.
Accelerations and decelerations waste fuel. Braking and abrupt stops can be minimized by not following too closely and slowing down gradually when approaching a red light. It takes up to six times as much fuel to move a car from a dead stop than it does for one moving at just a few km/h.
PERIODIC CAR MAINTENANCE
Service your car regularly to Ensure it is in good condition all the time. A well maintained car will improve your petrol mileage.
9) SWITCH TO NATURAL GAS VEHICLE(NGV)
You can see that most of the cars queuing up at natural gas pumps are taxis. Now more and more cars joining the queue.