5 ways to driving fuel-efficiently

According to a recent study by Shell, majority of drivers in Singapore are not regularly doing a variety of recommended driving behaviours in order to improve their fuel efficiency.

If you’re a driver, are you practising these good habits? Imma explain why it’s important!

  1. Keep engines properly tuned / serviced
    Making sure your car is properly tuned will not only give you better mileage, but better performance as well.
  2. Use the recommended grade of motor oil
    Some vehicles do not require high-octane fuel, and thus if you use it, it’s an unnecessary expense. Check your car manual for the minimum octane grade your car is required to run on. I usually pump 95 for our Mazda 2, but it seems like we just need 89 and above!
  3. Drive smoothly
    When I first started driving I used to be reallyyyy impatient. That means I accelerated really fast and also had to hit the brakes really fast. What you really should be doing is to avoid accelerating and braking too much! A good way to do this is to consciously anticipate what lies ahead, and plan how you should drive.
  4. Keep tyres properly inflated
    Under-inflated tyres increase rolling resistance, which means more energy is required to move the vehicle, and thus more fuel is used up. I’m still trying to make this a habit – pumping my tyres regularly, at least once a week! Having your tyres underinflated by just 1 PSI can reduce fuel efficiency by up to 3%.
  5. Avoid running the engine when idle for a prolonged period
    If your car will be stopped for more than 30 seconds, turn off the engine. There’s no need for a car to “warm up” before moving, so you can just turn it on and go.

Think you drive pretty fuel efficiently? Take the Shell FuelSave Challenge – complete it to get $5 off Shell fuel! Remember to click login > register > sign up first, and key in “B101” under “unique ID” to help me get $1000 in fuel vouchers!

[Edit: I have 4 x $50 worth of Shell Vouchers to give away – simply retweet this tweet by the end of 25 Aug (2359!). Winners will be chosen and announced on 26 Aug. FREE FUEL YO.]

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