Whoa, I tell you, this fuel price hike is a real slap in the face. I topped up my petrol tank the night before because I got smart and figured I’d better get one step ahead of everyone. So I stayed home while everyone else was lining up at the petrol pump last night.
Okay, enough, Ms Smarty Pants! Well, since public transport sucks, the big question right now is how to get more value for money on your petrol. Obviously if fuel prices are going to be reviewed up every month, we’ve got to figure out some long-terms ways to save petrol money.
Being a mommy who drives my kids around every day and grocery shop every weekend, I’ve got a few tips here to share on what I do to improve my petrol consumption and save money on petrol:
First off, maintain your tyre pressure. If it’s too low, your car will use up more petrol. I always get the petrol station guy to check for me when I pump petrol. Just tell him your car’s tyre pressure (check the owner’s manual or the sticker next to the driver’s seat) and he’ll check it and fill it up for you if necessary.
Also try to reduce the weight in your car by taking out all the unnecessary stuff you are driving around with in your back seat or boot. Like I used to have boxes of children’s books and shoes (in case I want to wear a different pair ). If your car is full of junk, it’s heavier and uses more petrol.
Try to drive at a steady speed of below 100 kmph. I drive rather slowly. I don’t speed. It’s a habit I developed since I always have children in my car and I’m concerned about safety rather than speed. Since it also helps to save petrol, it’s a nice bonus .
Try to pump your petrol in the morning or evening when the weather is cooler. That way, you get more petrol per litre when the petrol is less dense. Something I learnt from Physics in Form 5 .
So these are a few tips I want to share about how to save petrol money. When I have the time, I’ll write up the rest of the tips I’ve been using that have really helped me save money on petrol.