We are currently paying the highest price for fuel ever as we saw 95 unleaded petrol increase by R1.00 and 93 unleaded petrol by 0.95 cents per litre. This means that filling up our cars is getting expensive.
We might not be able to reduce the price of petrol, but we can reduce our fuel consumption and our running costs so that we can save in the long term.
South Africans are generally aggressive drivers, but this leads to an increase in fuel consumption and fuel costs.
Driving too fast, hard acceleration and braking increase fuel consumption, so being a calm driver can help to reduce monthly fuel expenses.
Here are our top 6 tips to save on your fuel expenses.
Plan Your Trip
Planning your trip can avoid you feeling rushed. The best way to get the most out of your fuel is to take 20 seconds to accelerate to get to 80km/h. Start gently in the low gears, a rapid move through the middle and then settle into the high gears. If your vehicle has a fuel consumption tracker then use it.
Limit Your Air-Con
Your air-con counts for about 5% of your fuel bill and when the vehicle is idling it is the greatest fuel consumer. Once, you have reached full speed, rather turn your air conditioner off, but you need to keep the windows closed as this reduces drag and also helps to save on fuel.
Get The Best Tyres
Tyres play a huge role in fuel economy, so buy the best ones you can afford. It is also important to keep them properly aligned, balanced and inflated to the correct level. You should check your tyres for wear and tear as this can impact the performance.
Take it Easy Between Lights
We often race from one set of traffic lights to the next, but taking it more slowly can help to save on fuel but also maintenance. When we brake less harshly, the brake pads and tyres will last longer, which will help you to save on maintenance in the long run.
Get the Vehicle You Need
It can be tempting to buy a gas-guzzling roadster with a huge engine and plenty of speed, but these cars will use the most petrol, especially, if you are driving in urban areas. If your car is currently a petrol eater, then it might be time to change it up and find a more economical and fuel-efficient vehicle.
Map Out Your Routes
Traffic is a major petrol eater, but you can use apps like Google Maps and Waze to plan your routes around traffic. The way we work has also changed, so if you can choose remote or flexible working hours then commute outside of peak hours for maximum fuel efficiency.
With everything that has happened and continues to, consumers are feeling the pinch. Saving on fuel can help with your monthly budget and using these tips may give you more out of your tank.