We all have places to be and with the current increase in petrol prices, you will want to save on petrol. Many factors influence petrol consumption and some of these are out of your control, but there are a few things that you can do to decrease fuel consumption and save money.
Here are our top tips to save on petrol.
Don’t Let Your Tyres Under-Inflate
Under-inflated tyres can cause extra drag, which in turn can increase fuel consumption by 3%. You should check your tyre pressure every month. You can do this at a petrol station, but the equipment they use might not be 100% accurate or you can take your car to a tyre inspection centre that will give you the precise reading.
A Functioning Engine
Your car’s fuel consumption can increase when the engine isn’t functioning correctly. This can include blocked oil and air filters, which can also lead to further issues. Make sure you maintain the engine to keep fuel consumption down and to avoid serious issues.
Extra Weight is a Drag
Drag on your car will increase fuel consumption so remove items such as a roof or bicycle rack when they are not being used. Also, carrying heavy loads will increase your fuel consumption. When you can you should try and close windows and the sunroof to reduce the air resistance which will, in turn, decrease your fuel consumption.
Turn Off the Air-con
The air-con in your car is powered by the engine and by simply turning it off, you can reduce your fuel consumption and save on fuel.
More petrol is consumed when you accelerate sharply and then slow down. You should try and keep your car at a steady speed and drive efficiently to lower your petrol consumption. If you can avoid traffic, your fuel consumption will also improve.
Turn It Off
If you stop for more than 30 seconds, then turn off your engine to save on fuel. Idling will just use fuel that isn’t necessary.
The easiest way to save on fuel is to drive slower. You should try and drive no more than 88km/h. Decreasing your speed from 120km/h to 100km/h will improve your vehicles fuel consumption. Also, your petrol consumption can be improved when you change gears at 2500rpm on a patrol car and 2000rpm on a diesel car.
Changing your driving habits, being aware and checking your vehicle can help you to improve your vehicles fuel consumption, which will then save you money.