Fuel-saving tips to stretch rands and squeeze every drop

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A dozen fuel-saving tips to stretch your Rand and squeeze every Drop:

With a few minor adjustments to your driving habits and with regular car maintenance, you can boost the fuel efficiency of your car by as much as 40%. Budget Insurance offers the following fuel-saving tips

  1. Service smart: A car can burn up to 30% more fuel if proper maintenance is not performed on a regular schedule so make sure your car is serviced regularly. Things like worn spark plugs, worn rings, faulty injectors, sticky brakes, low coolant levels, dirty oil, and dirty filters all lead to inefficiency and higher fuel consumption
  2. Wheel wise: Check your car’s wheel alignment. Bad wheel alignment causes more friction which takes more power to overcome and results in higher fuel consumption.
  3. Pressure check: Check for underinflated tyres as these also increase resistance.
  4. Air-con costs a cool buck: Use the air-conditioning only when necessary as it places additional load on the engine.
  5. Deadweight: Reduce the vehicle’s weight by removing unnecessary items and, if you mostly do city driving, consider driving with only half a tank of fuel.
  6. Nice and slowDon’t speed. The gas-guzzling effects of “stepping on it” are well-known.
  7. Don’t stop-start: Maintain momentum by looking and planning ahead, flowing with traffic, and timing your approaches to hills, traffic lights, and crossings better.
  8. Geared for efficiency: Drive at the lowest speed in the highest gear that the road and traffic conditions allow without laboring the engine.
  9. Tech-savvy: Many vehicles have economy settings to optimize performance, throttle response, ride height, and so on for maximum fuel efficiency. Use them to your advantage.
  10. Plan ahead: Use your GPS to check for traffic and avoid problem areas. Do several tasks on one round trip as opposed to many shorter ones. This eliminates unnecessary mileage and saves time.
  11. Wait out the rush: Battling through traffic not only increases fuel consumption but also causes wear and tear, especially on your vehicle’s transmission and brakes.

and then we propose the 12th important strategy:

  12. Follow the Fuel Directory - fuel prices are adjusted every first Wednesday of the month, The Fuel Directory publishes these changes as well as the location of every reputable fuel station nationwide, You can achieve substantial cents per liter by timing the fill-up the night before or the day after... 

Posted on Sep 13, 2021 by Panel Beater Directory

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