Save money – reduce your fuel consumption

If you’re looking for ways to cut down on your expenses this Savings Month, reducing your fuel consumption is a small step to saving big at the pumps.

Do you gasp every time you fill you up with petrol, wondering when petrol got so expensive? Even with July’s fuel price decrease, it’s still costly filling up, but there are ways to prevent frequent visits to the pump.

RoadCover has the following tips:

  1. Drive smoothly. Don’t accelerate quickly or hit the brakes – rather ride smoother and coast your car to a stop.
  1. Drive at the speed limit. Driving at the speed limit is not only the law, but it can help save you money in not only traffic fines, but fuel too. Cars generally lose fuel economy at speeds above 90km/h, so driving at 80km/h instead of 100km/h could cut your costs.
  1. Drive in the higher gears. While the lower gears such as first and second provide power to a car, it’s advisable to drive in higher gears as they consume less fuel. Try driving in higher gears where you can, but without stalling. Driving in cruise control on a highway can help you save petrol too.
  1. Don’t rev. Revving your engine, especially before you turn your car off, wastes petrol.
  1. Only use your air conditioner and seat warmer where absolutely necessary. They might provide lots of comfort, but aircons and seat warmers increase fuel consumption too.
  1. Park in the shade. When you park in sun, your petrol gets evaporated. Rather park in the shade to prevent this.
  1. Ensure correct tyre pressure. Underinflated tyres burn more fuel, so check your tyre pressure at the garage at least once a month.
  1. Don’t leave your car idling. Don’t leave your car idling for more than a minute, as this consumes unnecessary fuel. Rather switch off, and on again.

“Regular maintenance helps your car achieve its most efficient fuel economy.”

  1. Remove any unnecessary weight. The heavier your car is, the more fuel it will burn. Minimising the load of your car, even if it’s goods in your boot, can go a long way in reducing your fuel consumption. If you don’t always need your roof or bike rack, then remove them until you do.
  1. Keep the windows closed. If you can, keep your windows closed while driving at higher speeds to avoid drag and the higher fuel consumption. You ideally want your car to be as aerodynamic as possible, which improves fuel efficiency.
  1. Get regular maintenance. Regular maintenance helps your car achieve its most efficient fuel economy.
    Some overlooked maintenance items (like a dirty air filter) can increase your fuel cost up to 13%. The majority of maintenance plans include such items, so investing in a comprehensive plan can help you save on fuel in the long term.
  1. Ensure the fuel cap is on tightly. Check that your fuel cap is on properly, otherwise your fuel could evaporate.

Source: RoadCover

RoadCover is a service that manages your claim with the Road Accident Fund (RAF) from start to finish. RoadCover offers its members full compensation by the RAF if they’re involved in a road accident, at no cost to themselves. RoadCover also offers RoadGuard (instant access to nationwide roadside protection), PotholeCover, legal assistance, and licence assistance. For more info, go to their website.

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