07 Aug 2018

Due to the rising fuel costs it is important to think about how to save on petrol or diesel. Here are a couple of fuel saving tips. These tips will make a big difference when it comes to what you spend on fuel.

VEHICLE MAINTENANCE

Keeping your car well maintained will ultimately save you money and decrease your fuel consumption. It is a proven fact that a well-maintained vehicle burns less fuel. Vehicle maintenance is something not everyone thinks about until a major issue is at hand. The cost of maintaining your vehicle will not only save you fuel but also ensure less issues altogether.

PUMP YOUR TIRES REGULARLY

Pumping your tires regularly will save fuel. This is because low pressure tires tend to have higher rolling resistance compared to tires that are pumped to the maximum. It is best to check the tire pressure every two weeks or every other time you put in fuel, depending on how often and how far you drive.

AVOID DRIVING IN RUSH HOUR

Your working hours probably coincide with rush hour traffic but if possible, avoid driving during peak times to save fuel. The stop start action and sitting in traffic burns higher amounts of fuel. Waiting it out or working flexi hours is worth it and could save a lot of fuel for you.

DRIVE LESS THAN YOU HAVE TO

After your engine has cooled down from being parked a few hours, it burns more fuel when you drive from a cold start. While having a vehicle is convenient, short and unnecessary trips will burn more fuel. Plan your errands in one trip and in fewer locations where possible.

DON’T DRIVE ABOVE SPEED LIMIT

Even though you might get somewhere quicker by driving faster, you will be burning more fuel. Always stick to the speed limit or below, where necessary, and you will ultimately save yourself some money.

DON’T RIDE ON YOUR BRAKE

When you ride on your brake, you use more fuel than normal. This is much the same as driving in heavy rush hour traffic. Rather cruise at a low consistent speed in order to prevent having to brake for the vehicles in front of you.

PLAN YOUR ROUTE

Modern technology like Google maps allows us to plan our route’s. We tend to be in a hurry and go for the quickest route. Plan for a route that has a lower speed limit, less traffic and fewer stop signs.

USE A GPS DEVICE

Using a GPS device could help avoid accidents and traffic congestion. It might be able to suggest an alternative route where there is less traffic; while keeping you moving instead of burning fuel idling.

DON’T IDLE FOR LONG PERIODS OR REV YOUR ENGINE

When you idle for long periods of time or if you are heavy on the accelerator you will burn more fuel. Try not idling too long or be too heavy on the accelerator. This will improve your fuel consumption. Some modern cars switch of automatically when stopping and starts when you touch the accelerator.

Use these tips and start saving on fuel.