Fuel prices are at an all time high and here are some fool-proof saving tips

Who would have thought that one day the price of fuel would exceed the R20 per litre mark. That is now a vivid reality for South African motorists as the price of petrol is now over R21 per litre and future projections do not look that much more promising.

“What Next”, “When does it ever end” are some of the regular utterances from disgruntled motorists that now have to fork out an extra R1.46 a litre for petrol and diesel by a further R1.44, according to the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy.

If there was people that were enjoying the comfort and thrill of their performance cars, the garage will be their home for the time being as the frugal economy cars and carpooling takes its place.

Fuel prices are at an all time high and with that said, here are a some fool-proof saving tips:

  • Watch 12 seconds ahead as you drive to anticipate changes to traffic conditions and minimise unnecessary braking and acceleration.
  • Reducing speed by 20km/h can reduce fuel consumption by 20% in certain circumstances.
  • Drive defensively and responsibly. Refrain from fast lane changes, sudden acceleration, harsh braking and weaving between traffic increases fuel and maintenance costs.
  • Plan your route accordingly and know the distance to and from your destination based on traffic congestion.
  • Use traffic apps and alerts to avoid traffic jams and congestion.
  • Keep your RPMs around the 3 000 mark as it can also reduce your fuel consumption by 20%.
  • Regular maintenance improves fuel efficiency.
  • Weight is the enemy of any moving object. Remove unnecessary items from your car because every extra 50kg of weight increases fuel consumption by as much as 2%.
  • The most fuel-efficient way to drive is with windows closed and the air-conditioner off. That, however, is not always possible and an air-conditioner uses less fuel than an open window creating considerable drag.
  • Incorrectly inflated tyres has an affect on fuel consumption.

According to Eugene Herbert, CEO of MasterDrive: “Motorists in South Africa may feel powerless to change the situation. While one can’t stop war, you do have the power to change the way you drive and potentially reduce your fuel consumption by up to 20%. The power to limit the effect of international affairs is partially in your hands.”

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to shop! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find local service information close to home.

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