How to reduce your fuel costs

Drivers can lower their fuel usage and spend less money by adopting a variety of driving and refueling behaviors.


South Africans have recently paid more than ever for gasoline and fuel.


The picture is still gloomy for the immediate future.


Here are 5 suggestions for reducing fuel use and lowering fuel expenditure:


1) Cut back on extra weight.

Your vehicle's engine has to work more to keep it going the heavier it is. Avoid packing extra weight in your boot when traveling.


2) Windows open versus air conditioning.

Open your windows while traveling at low speeds and leave the air conditioning off if it's a hot day and you need to stay cool.

However, open windows can cause significant drag when traveling at 80 km/h or faster, and your air conditioner will likely use less fuel as a result.


3) Use the heater without the aircon.

Cars with standard internal combustion engines have the ability to heat up without using the air conditioning. You will consume less fuel if the air conditioner's compressor is not running. When you only need heat, turn off the air conditioning.


4) Consistently service your vehicle.

In addition to other fuel-efficient improvements, servicing your automobile according to the recommended timetable will help ensure that your oil and air filters are changed as needed, your tyre pressure is correct, and worn spark plugs are replaced.

Fuel consumption can be significantly increased by up to 30% as a result of worn spark plugs.


5) Limit your idle time.

Instead of waiting for your car to cool off when it is parked with the air conditioning on if it has been sitting in the heat for a while, open the windows and start driving.

When it is safe to do so, turn off your engine to save fuel if you are trapped in heavy traffic for more than 30 seconds at a time.