With the petrol price continuing to sky rocket, watching your fuel needle fall is enough to cause an anxiety attack. The whole country is reeling from the latest increase and students on strict budgets are feeling the burn badly. So, how can you make your fuel go further? We’ve got some tips for you below.
Maintain your car
Things like tyre pressure and brakes that are no longer in the best condition can all make a big difference when it comes to fuel consumption. Did you know that, according to Britain’s Institute of Advanced Motorists, tyres that are only marginally below their optimal inflation level can use up to 3% more fuel?
Are you constantly lugging heavy baggage around in your car? Whether it’s your guitar amp, a mountain of textbooks or passengers, the heavier your car, the more petrol it will go through. If the passengers are car pooling with you and sharing the cost – great. If not, why not?
Plan your routes carefully
Never get behind the wheel thoughtlessly. If you’re heading to the shops, think carefully about what the fastest route will be. If you have other chores to run, places to be – plan to do it in a roundabout trip from A to B to C. Think about how you can avoid traffic? Perhaps if you wait an extra 30 minutes, it will have reduced? Or maybe it’s school run time, and the roads near the schools are clogged up, so it’s better to take the back-roads?
When it comes to your petrol tank (and your sanity), these small changes can make the world of difference in the long run!
Accelerate with care
Obviously, the more you use your accelerator, the more fuel your car will need. If you’re on a downhill or approaching a red or yellow light, let your vehicle coast instead. You can also reduce petrol consumption and improve your safety on the roads by sticking to the speed limit.
Choose vehicles wisely
That flashy car might look impressive… unfortunately, in most cases, its fuel requirements will be a lot less attractive. If your vehicle naturally requires more fuel than others, it may be time to sell and switch. According to Cars.com, the top three most cost-effective and fuel-efficient cars in South Africa include the Fiat Tipo 1.3 Multijet Easy (3.7 L/100 km), the Fiat 500 (3.8 L/100 km) and the Peugeot 2008 1.6 HDi Active (4.0 L/100 km).
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