48 SMART: Petrol Saving Tips
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Thursday, 5 September 2013

Petrol Saving Tips

Other than using petrol rebate credit card and comparing petrol stations' reward points, I would like to share with you on some tips of how to save your petrol consumption. These do not require additional cost and we can start saving immediately by practising good habit.

  1. Keep your tyres at the right pressure. Correctly inflated tyres are safer and last longer. A tyre that is under inflated by 10% can reduce petrol economy. An under or over inflated tyre is also more susceptible to failing.
  2. Lose weight. Every extra pound or kilogram matters and affects your petrol efficiency. So keep your boot and back seat clear of unnecessary items that just add weight to your vehicle.
  3. Maintenance. Get your car serviced regularly according to the manufacturer's schedule to maintain engine efficiency and make sure you use the right specification of engine oil.
  4. Avoid excess idling. Idling gets you nowhere but still burns petrol. Turn the engine off when you’re in a queue, or waiting for someone. As a rule if you think you will be stopped for more than 10 seconds, switch off your engine.
  5. Plan trips carefully and avoid the rush hour. Cutting down on the time spent in the car is the easiest way to conserve petrol. To reduce driving time, combine all your short trips and errands into a single journey. Plus, if you can travel outside of peak times, you’ll spend less time stuck in traffic and consume less petrol as a result.
  6. Consider alternatives. If it's a short journey (a couple of kilometres or so) could you walk or cycle rather than taking the car?
  7. Slow down. The faster you drive, the more petrol your car uses.
  8. Pace your driving. Unnecessary speedups, slowdowns and stops can increase petrol consumption. Stay alert and drive steadily, not erratically. Keep a reasonable, safe distance from the car ahead of you and anticipate traffic conditions. 
  9. Use air conditioning sparingly .Air conditioning puts added load on the engine and uses petrol to operate, so limit use to particularly hot days.
  10. Petrol matters. All petrols are not the same.  Your petrol economy can be improved through a combination of good driving habits and using the right petrol for your car.

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