3 reasons why your petrol does not last

If you’re anything like me, then you’re probably willing to do and try anything if it means cutting back on your car spend.

Apart from regular services and taking care of general maintenance, owning and driving a vehicle is ridiculously expensive. There’s insurance, repair costs, my monthly instalments… After all of that, I cringe at the mere thought of having to dig even deeper into my pocket for fuel to drive the damn thing.

But, alas, a car sans petrol is a pretty useless little toy. So I cut costs wherever I can.

Here are three of my easiest “who’d have thought?” tips for drivers who’re trying to save a few cents after filling up:

You’re driving with the aircon on.
With temperatures soaring into the mid-to-high 30s during the summer months, turning it off may seem impractical. But avoid using the air-conditioning system if you really don’t have to. Try, instead, to park in a shady spot, so that when you do return to your car, you won’t have to turn it on full-blast.

You’re driving with the windows down.
Yes, I know... THIS, after just reprimanding you about your pointless use of the A/C.  Ai, tog. Sorry!

But, what you need to understand is that basically, driving with your windows open amplifies turbulence, which – and I was surprised to learn this – actually eats at your fuel. The solution? Unfortunately, there isn’t a real one. But, for better fuel economy (according to my dad), I use the window roller at slower speeds, and the aircon at higher speeds.

You’re driving a stupid route.
Remember that taking the shortcut is not necessarily the most fuel-friendly. The ‘quicker’ routes are often laden with traffic and robots, meaning you stop and start a lot more, which gobbles at your tank.

Fred 2012-01-26 12:27:49 PM
How about, first and foremost, "You are accelerating too hard and driving too fast"? The three mentioned are minor in comparison.
flysouth 2012-01-26 06:47:41 PM
A light foot on the throttle and gentle braking will do more for economy that all the rest combined - and you can still drive briskly!
arlene.hanns 2012-01-27 01:27:56 PM
And here i thought it was becoz I get so little petrol at such a high price....
Kyle 2012-01-29 05:02:18 PM
oh my god.... what a useless article..... ok... clean clean car outside = less fuel, open windows are fine if you under 80 - 100km per hour.... ie if you're not on the freeway try have windows open and not use the aircon, if you are on the freeway use the aircon and keep windows closed.... dont accelerate to fast, if you can see the is a red light ahead, dont pull away too fast.... thats just off the top of me head and it's ten times better than the article....
Pieter Jansen Van Vuuren 2012-03-15 04:56:14 PM
cars today, i don't mean the tripe coming from china or india, are desinged to work optimally with the aircon on, switching it off will save fuel, but only at 0.02lt/100km. When braking, rather slow the car down by keeping it in gear, as soon as you step on the brakes it wastes fuel( driving on the highway), use the brakes only to bring the car to a complete standstill from 25kph, that means planning ahead. Fuel consumption is impacted by how deep you press the accelerator, remember the engine must do the work not your foot ,and all cars are at their most frugal using 4th gear traveling 55kph in town, and 5/6th gear traveling 115kph on the highway, keep speeds constant (thats how I get 5.8lt/100km with a 2-tonne car in town, and almost 4.0lt/100km on the highway)
Melusi Myaluza 2012-03-15 05:35:47 PM
a woman wrote this piece of garbage,am sure!
grantcallaway 2012-03-15 07:31:32 PM
I looked at the other 10 consumption tips, and they are absurd!!
Gary Bloom 2012-03-16 11:30:26 AM
Give me back my 2 minutes.......what a load of tripe.