Regardless of whether you have a driving licence or a car, or not, I think it is useful to learn some fuel-saving tips. The other morning, Dawn Phang, General Manager of Shell Retail in Singapore, was sharing on Channel NewsAsia’s am LIVE! about how drivers in Singapore can be more fuel-efficient. [Watch the video here.]
She brought up some interesting points such as:
- Every 45kg of excess weight in your vehicle decreases fuel efficiency by 1%
- Having your tyres underinflated by just 1 PSI can reduce fuel efficiency by up to 3%
- It requires 10 seconds of fuel to restart your car’s engine – so drivers should turn off the engine if they expect to be stationary for more than 10 seconds to reduce fuel lost through excess idling
You might already know some of these points, but I thought I would share more fuel-saving tips, courtesy of Shell FuelSave:
Fuel matters – Not all fuels are the same. Your fuel economy can be improved through a combination of good driving habits and using the right fuel. When combined with the Shell FuelSave Tips, Shell fuels with Fuel Economy Formula (such as Shell FuelSave) can help reduce your consumption and fuel costs by helping you get more out of every tank.
Use the correct oil – Always use the recommended grade of motor oil. Using the manufacturer’s recommended lubricant can improve fuel efficiency. Higher quality motor oils such as Shell Helix Ultra E can also help your engine operate more efficiently.
Tune and service your engine and follow the guidance in your vehicle handbook – A well-tuned engine can improve fuel economy, so change your oil and follow your car manufacturer’s recommendation on servicing. For example, replacing a clogged air filter can improve fuel economy and will help protect your engine.
Keep your tyres at the right pressure – Correctly inflated tyres are safer and last longer. A tyre that is under inflated by 10% can reduce fuel economy. An under or over inflated tyre is also more susceptible to failing.
Conserve momentum and keep your distance – Think ahead when you’re driving. For example, slow down early to let traffic lights change, rather than stopping completely, or speed up a little before you reach the foot of a hill. Leave a sensible distance between yourself and the car ahead to give you ample time to brake evenly.
Use air conditioning sparingly – Air conditioning puts added strain on the engine and uses fuel to operate, so limit use to particularly hot days.
Keep the windows closed – Wind blowing through an open window affects the aerodynamic efficiency of your vehicle and will slow you down.
Plan trips carefully and avoid the rush hour – Cutting down on the time spent in the car is the easiest way to conserve fuel. To reduce driving time, combine all your short trips and errands into a single journey. Plus, if you can travel outside of peak times, you’ll spend less time stuck in traffic and consume less fuel as a result.
Avoid carrying excess weight – You may be surprised, but every extra kilogram matters and affects your fuel efficiency. So keep your boot and back seat clear of unnecessary items that just add weight to your vehicle (e.g. golf clubs).
Hope that was useful! Remember, knowledge is not complete without application, so start adopting some of these habits if you aren’t already practising them.
The latest Shell FuelSave campaign ‘ Target One Million’, which targets to teach one million motorists across the world how to save fuel through a series of six interactive online games. The first game – the Shell FuelSave Challenge – is now available here and is open to anyone, while the other five games will gradually be launched over the coming months.
Upon successful registration and completion of the game, you will get a S$5 Shell fuel voucher! Have you signed up yet? If you haven’t, you still can! To get started, head over to the Shell FuelSave ‘Target One Million’ website. For more details, you may refer to my previous post here. REMEMBER - When you are filling in the fields, ensure that you fill in the unique ID with ‘B102‘!
Have fun and start saving fuel with every rev!