The price of petrol seems to be constantly increasing and that means that we’re stretched a bit thinner everywhere else. In fact, the price of one litre of petrol in South Africa increased from R7.16 in 2008 to R16.02 in 2018 which means it’s almost tripled in the last decade. While these facts are all good and well, how do we save fuel and therefore avoid breaking the bank every time we pull into a petrol station? We’ve compiled a few handy tips to help you to get your fuel to go further.
- Make your car more aerodynamic:
Remove all the extras when you’re not using them, like roof racks for example. By decreasing the weight of your car and making it more aerodynamic ensures that you’ll burn less fuel as there’s less pressure on the vehicle.
- Keep the windows closed:
Keeping your windows closed (sorry smokers) will ensure that your car remains aerodynamic. Keeping your windows down while driving creates more drag and wind resistance for your automobile.
- Minimize air conditioning:
We know when the summer heat hits, you need your aircon! But if you can limit your use of the AC in moderation, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much fuel you save.
- Replace dirty air filters:
Dirty air filters cause your car’s engine to work much harder than it should have too and always results in poor fuel economy. So, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s recommendation for periodically changing out the air filter. A clean air filter allows your engine to perform more efficiently, as well as helping you to save money at the pump.
- Maintain proper tire inflation:
Check your car owner’s manual and always ensure your tires are inflated to the proper air pressure level. Improperly inflated tires can reduce your car’s fuel economy by up to five percent in some cases. This is quite simply a complete waste of fuel and money.