Tips On How To Save Fuel

In this article, I want to look at tips on how to save fuel. Petrol consumption has a lot to do with the car you own, but whatever you drive there are things you can do to save money and reduce petrol use.

  • Make fewer trips. 
  • Be gentle on the road. 
  • Try and avoid heavy traffic
  • Leave immediately. 
  • Find other ways to get to work
  • Be a patient driver
  • Turn off the air-conditioner
  • Stick to the speed limit
  • Check your Tyre pressures regularly
  • Service your car regularly
If you're not ready to buy a more fuel-efficient car, you can still save money in a number of ways in whatever vehicle you drive following these tips. Remember, complaining is not going to help, but taking decisive measures for your situation will.

If you must use your car, try to combine a few smaller trips into one and try and do all your errands at one place. Big malls with their stress during this season, generally have everything you need.

Drive smoothly, accelerate gently and read the road ahead to avoid unnecessary braking. If you drive too fast or too slow, you won't be able to maximize your fuel savings.

Driving in heavy stop-start traffic will drain your petrol. Every time that you stop and start in traffic, your car needs first gear and a huge amount of petrol to get moving again. Second gear is not much better. You can also save some fuel by trying to understand what the traffic is doing in front of you, and travelling steadily at a slow speed, rather than accelerating and braking.

Don't start the engine until you're ready to go as idling wastes petrol and the engine warms up more quickly when you're moving.

If you are in Joburg, the Gautrain goes through many cieites. If you are not in Joburg, try carpooling. If you and just one friend or colleague trade off commuting to and from work, you cut your fuel usage by about 50 percent.
You will have a lower petrol bills. It doesn't make sense to overtake a person in traffic to simply be in front of it at the next set of lights. Your impatience will show up on your petrol bill.

In this heat? Yes. Get yourself those small fans that you can use in the car when the heat comes on. If your car has been sitting in the sun and is hotter than the outside air, drive for a few minutes with the windows open to cool it off. Aim to run your air-con at least once a week throughout the year to maintain the system in good condition.

Plan your trips and leave on time so that you can avoid speeding to your destination. While the car is running for 20 minutes less, it uses much more fuel when it is travelling. That 20 minute is petrol wasted.

Keep tire air pressure at the level recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. A single tire under inflated increases fuel consumption by at least 1%.

By avoiding related to dirty air filters, old spark plugs or low fluid levels, you will save petrol.