Nothing ever stays the same – and this includes the cost of fuel. In fact, the price of fuel has gone up by 100 percent ever since 1991. Back then, you only pay a dollar for one litre of the 95 Octane. But in 2014, the price has reached $2.20 per litre. There is also the increase in motorists, which can lead to some traffic, along with massive COE price, ERP gantries, and an awareness to be more efficient in using fuel.
So, to help you manage the cost of fuel, the following are 13 tips that you may want to look into to spare you from hassles in having to pay hundreds of dollars per month on gas.
1. Go online to determine the current fuel cost and choose a nearby petrol kiosk with the cheapest price.
With the advent of technology, almost everything can be done online – including checking and comparing prices offered by different fuel kiosks in Singapore. This is why if you are looking to save your expenses on fuel, the best way to go is to visit a petrol kiosk just nearby, then get your fuel there. It is not practical to gas up at a kiosk with cheap price, but miles and miles away from where you are.
2. It’s all about your style in driving.
Learn to drive in a more fuel-efficient manner. Every time your right foot steps on the pedal, this starts fuel consumption. So, what you may want to do is to learn to use your right foot in a way that will not eat up a lot of fuel while not being an annoyance on the road. A great example is when you spot a red light about a hundred meters away. At this point, you should stop the acceleration and control your speed. The idea is to move your car a little when the light turns green without coming from a mere stationary position. But at the same time, make it a point to check if there are cars behind you since drivers might get frustrated if you appear to be road-hogging and slowing down the traffic.
If you are starting to move from a stop position, you can apply the same rule for this. You may want to step on the accelerator gently, so you can pick up some speed prior to moving off. There is no need to rev your engine and go on a full throttle because this consumes a lot of fuel. Plus, you are not racing with anyone, so it does not make sense doing so.
3. Check the petrol grade you are using.
A vast majority of cars operate well when using a regular 95 Octane. This is why there is no need to go for the most expensive fuel since this has no bearing with the performance of your vehicle. Om fact, choosing a lower grade fuel has no significant loss to how your car runs. It is mainly just a myth when people say that only premium gasoline can give the finest running performance for average or standard cars. What you end up doing, though, is paying extra for a premium quality fuel and without any additional benefits. The main thing is for you to review the manual of your car to make sure you are using the right fuel it needs.
4. Car aerodynamics is a big deal.
You have noticed competitive swimmers wearing swim caps before they race. The reason for this lies behind the impact that hair has with the speed. Generally, hair tends to increase the drag and water resistance, which limits your performance level. In the same way, there is such a thing as car aerodynamics that you may want to think about. If you have roof racks, it’s best to just remove these as the tendency is the production of more resistance and drag, which does not do you any good.
5. Roll down your windows and turn the AC once in a while.
In Singapore, the weather is typically hot and humid. This explains why drivers rely on their AC and keep it on throughout the ride. As a result, fuel economy is reduced by at least 5 to 10 percent.
6. Alternate between turning on your A/C and rolling down your Window
In hot and humid Singapore, most drivers will keep their air-con on throughout the entire journey and this reduces fuel economy by 5-10%. But then again, if you roll your windows down, there is an increase in drag due to air resistance. So, if you plan on rolling the windows down, consider driving at less than 72 kilometers per hour. When you are in the city areas, you can also roll your windows down without any impact on the drag.
7. Minimize the load you have in your car.
Do you store a lot of items in your car? If this is the case, then you might want to minimize the load to save on your fuel. With every 50 kilograms of items removed from your car, there is a 1 to 2 percent increase in your fuel economy.
8. If you can, go easy on the speed.
Did you know that driving at a steady speed can save you a ton of fuel? But of course, this does not mean hogging the streets and going only a few kilometres per hour. Just maintain a particular speed instead of varying it every now and then. This should help you reduce your fuel costs while preventing your vehicle from acquiring too much horsepower and energy to move forward.
9. Inflate your tyres.
Aside from the security aspect of having deflated tyres, you can save on fuel if you keep your tyres inflated properly. Always stick to the recommended inflation level to boost fuel efficiency by about 3.3 percent. Check your user manual for information on the ideal level of inflation your tyres need.
10. Make sure your car is always well-maintained.
A car that is in excellent shape does not tend to consume a lot of fuel. On the other hand, you should check the oxygen sensor since any faults in this component can increase the consumption of fuel by 40 percent. If your air filter is dirty, this can lead to a 13 percent fuel usage.
11. Take advantage of membership discount and credit card rebates.
If you have special rewards from your credit card, then make it a point to make use of these, particularly if this means saving on fuel. Determine which card offers the finest deals for your fuel expenses and gas up there whenever you need to.
12. The right car has an impact on your fuel costs.
There’s no point in using an SUV if you are not driving 4 or more passengers from one place to another regularly. Off-road driving is ideal for this type of vehicle, but if you are only going to shorter distance, then you may want to choose a smaller car. A standard sedan is practical since you can make use of the aerodynamics to your advantage, along with the lighter weight of the vehicle. According to the Ministry of Trade and Industry in Singapore, your premium is affected by the amount of fuel saved by your efficient cars.
13. Plan all trips wisely.
It does not matter whether you are a seasoned driver or not. When it comes to saving on fuel, you want to make sure that your trips are planned carefully all the time. Go for the shortest route that will take you to your destination, so this can cut your mileage and save you from massive costs. Your trustworthy GPS should help you find these roads to by-pass the heavy traffic while getting you to your destination at an earlier time.
Checking out live traffic monitoring updates can also help including mapSYNC and also ONE.MOTORING. This way, you can avoid congested roads and spare yourself from any stressful driving. Using the public transport is also a smart and cheap way to travel, which also cuts down the carbon footprint and even your transportation expenses at the same time.