11 innovative ways to save over R17 000 and petrol in 2021
The financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic can be felt and seen in many industries, one of them being the fuel industry. With prices going up in January by between 40 and 43 cents per litre in petrol and between 54 and 55 cents a litre in diesel, many are feeling the pinch in their pockets.
An average increase of 48 cents per litre is a lot on its own, but when paired with the fact that a 60-litre tank already costs more than R800 to fill up, this places a major strain on drivers.
The good news is, with a few minor adjustments to your driving habits and with regular car maintenance, you can boost the fuel efficiency of your car by as much as 40%. So, if you fill up 48 times a year at roughly R900 per tank, a 40% reduction in fuel consumption could save you over R17000 a year.
11 tips for better fuel usage:
- Service smart
A car can burn up to 30% more fuel if proper maintenance is not performed on a regular basis. Things like worn spark plugs, worn rings, faulty injectors, sticky brakes, low coolant levels, dirty oil, and dirty filters all add up to engine inefficiency, which leads to more fuel being consumed.
- Wheel wise
Check your car’s wheel alignment. Bad wheel alignment causes more friction, which takes more power to overcome and results in higher fuel usage.
- Pressure check
Check for underinflated tyres, as these, too, increase resistance.
- Air con costs a cool buck
Use the air conditioning only when necessary, as it places additional load on the engine.
- Dead weight
Reduce the vehicle’s weight by removing unnecessary items from it and, if you mostly do city driving, consider driving with only half a tank of fuel.
- Nice and slow
Don’t speed. The effects of “stepping on it” are well-known. The more you speed the more fuel you use and the less cash back you earn as your drive score is affected by speed.
- Don’t stop-start
Maintain momentum as far as possible by looking and planning ahead, flowing with traffic and timing your approaches to hills, traffic lights and crossings better. Another factor that affects your drive score.
- Geared for efficiency
Drive at the lowest speed in the highest gear that the road and traffic conditions allow, without labouring the engine.
- Tech savvy
Many vehicles have economy settings to optimise performance, throttle response, ride height etc. for maximum fuel efficiency. Use them to your advantage. Plus make sure to download and register on our app to track your trips, improve your driving and earn cash back.
- Plan ahead
Do several tasks on one round trip, as opposed to many shorter ones. This not only limits mileage and the amount of time it takes to get your chores done, but also keeps your vehicle’s engine running at optimal temperature.
- Wait out the rush
Battling through traffic not only increases fuel consumption, but also the wear and tear on your vehicle’s transmission and brakes.
We hope these tips help you save some ching and earn it. Remember to follow the rules of the road and stay safe.