With the rising cost of fuel in South Africa, motorists are looking for ways to save on their expenses. By making simple changes to driving habits and vehicle maintenance, it’s possible to increase fuel efficiency by up to 40% and save a significant amount of money.
Proper car maintenance is essential for fuel efficiency. Regular service checks can prevent issues such as worn spark plugs, faulty injectors, and dirty filters, which can increase fuel consumption by up to 30%. Maintaining correct wheel alignment and ensuring tires are properly inflated can also reduce friction and resistance, leading to improved fuel efficiency.
Another tip is to use the air conditioning only when necessary, as it puts additional strain on the engine. Driving at high speeds can also greatly impact fuel efficiency, with speeds of 110km/h resulting in up to 25% more fuel consumption compared to cruising at a more moderate 90km/h.
Maintaining momentum by planning ahead, carpooling, and combining errands into one trip can also help save on fuel. Many vehicles have economy settings that optimize fuel efficiency, so it’s worth exploring these features.
Driving in a higher gear whenever possible can also reduce fuel consumption, as well as taking steps to decrease drag. Keeping windows closed at high speeds and distributing weight evenly in the car can help minimize drag.
Planning ahead with GPS to avoid traffic congestion and not rushing through heavy traffic can also save fuel and reduce wear and tear on the vehicle.
Consider selling a gas guzzler and investing in a more fuel-efficient vehicle if it’s feasible. Shopping around for better deals on repayments, maintenance costs, insurance, and fuel can also lead to significant savings.
By implementing these tips, South African motorists can make their fuel go further, save money, and have more disposable income for other expenses or investments.
– Budget Insurance