Earlier this morning the price of fuel was increase again by more than 70 cents. This means we have to tighten our belts even more as we all know that an increase in fuel prices means an increase in just about everything. As the good friend that I am I went looking around for tips to help us all save petrol and maybe we won't feel the pinch of the increase as much. I hope.
I think we all realise that there is no way for any of us to change what is to come, we are going to have to shell out about 70 cents more per litre of petrol. But it's up to you to find ways to make it last a bit longer and drive you a bit farther. Here are some tips to help you along:
1. Start the Car Properly:
I remember reading an article a few years ago that mentioned that there is no need to rev (for a lack of a better word) the engine by pumping the accelerator paddle continuously. Nor is it necessary for you to crank the engine or let it idle for more than 30 seconds. If you have been doing this, then you have been wasting fuel.
2. Don't let Your Engine Idle:
If you stop for more than a 30 seconds, turn your car's engine off. So if you'll be sitting in the traffic on any of the big highways heading out of Johannesburg and Gauteng for the long weekend, turn your car off until the traffic starts moving. Why? I hear you asking, well because idling more than a minute uses more fuel than it takes to restart the engine.
Speaking of traffic...
3. Anticipate the Traffic:
Don't drive full speed into a traffic jam, gradually slow down as you approach it in order to avoid hasty braking. A lot of motoring websites and magazines recommend that drivers keep a consistent pace when in traffic this is because most motoring writers highly advise against strong and abrupt acceleration. Applying these three tips contained within this one tip will reduce fuel consumption by 10%.
4. Park Your Car:
Don't drive. There really too many cars on he road, so you'd be helping reduce traffic during rush hour and reducing CO2 emissions. Take public transport to work and to run errands, carpool or start a lift club. Dust off your old bicycle and take it for a day out on the town, walk to the shops. These options are good for your pocket, the environment, for your fitness and even your social life. Go here for more tips.
Now to figure out ways to shrink my lunch budget, my delivery guy's services will surely cost more... Any ideas?