We all know that the price of petrol just keeps going up up and away, for some people that is okay and they don’t even take notice but for others it really knocks your pay check into touch. Whether you are living the student life, end of the month salty cracks or just want to save your hard earned cash; i think this will be the article for you.
The number one rule of saving petrol, try keep your driving down to a minimum, plan your trips accordingly, don’t just drive to the shops cause you feel like having a walk around, plan with a mate and meet them there. How often do you pass people on freeways with one person in the car? All too often unfortunately. Car pooling is quite a good way to save on petrol costs, most places have rules in place where if there are more people in a car you can use a specific lane. Festivals have even started charging people R100 per car that has one person in it, if you have 5 people however it is free to drive in.
Check your tire pressure, flatter tires have more rolling pressure and will burn more petrol than if you keep your tires nice and firm, so next time you are at the petrol station and they ask the usual “oil, windows, tires?” ask them just to check your tires. Remember to reduce the drag on your car; bike racks, roof boxes and having your window open will cause much more drag than you think. Use your air-con sparingly, air conditioners can use about 10 per cent extra fuel when on. However, at speeds of over 80 km/h, use of air conditioning is better for fuel economy than an open window due to the previously mentioned drag effect.
For many student drivers, seeing how far you can get with your petrol gauge in the red becomes a bit of a challenge, but it’s not advisable. Driving with very low petrol causes it to run out even quicker, it may not seem like a logical thing when you are a student, but believe me you’ll be grateful for those extra few kilometers when you need them. Start up your car correctly, most people tend to rev their cars when they turn them on, with older model cars it may still be necessary, however with newer model cars it is not. When accelerating away from a red robot or a stop street, try not to over accelerate as this burns a lot of fuel, ease off the clutch and roll off smoothly. Minimize fuel wasted in idling by stopping the engine whenever your car is stopped or held up for an extended period of time, like lovely morning traffic. Idling more than a minute consumes much more fuel than restarting the engine. We all need to drive to do things, go to work and see our friends; next time you want to take a trip somewhere just remember these pointers.