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.
- Keep engines properly tuned / serviced
Making sure your car is properly tuned will not only give you better mileage, but better performance as well.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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%.
- 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.]