Fuel Saving Facts & Fictions (Compiled by Shell)
As the pump prices have been constantly rebounding by the all-time low in 2014 since the economic crisis in 2008, drivers do need to monitor their driving patterns and habits and try to maximise every dollar spent on petrol.
These were the top 5 habits commonly practised by the 1000 drivers polled by Shell between Dec 2014 to Jan 2015. Quite surprised with some of the habits that are practised by fellow drivers. Time to kick off those so-called tips that do not help you and save some $$. There are definitely more funny habits that somehow we still practise even though it does not help at all to save fuel. Trends of petrol prices moving north is nearing again.
- Driving slowly all the time (92%)
Colin: Cruising at higher speed definitely consumes lesser petrol than driving slowly. Plus, you get to your destination faster! However, do abide by the speed limit and drive safely.
- Keeping the engine running to avoid frequent restarts (91%)
Colin: I admit that this is my habit too. Time to change! The test conducted by Shell powering on and off electric lamp does reveal that the overall energy consumption is lower if you were to power off when the lamp is not in use. The constantly on mode does not compensate for the slight surge of energy required for the powering on.
- Warming up the engine before beginning to drive (90%)
Colin: I never understand why people do this at the car park. Letting your engine idle is wasting your fuel. Do consider driving at around 2000rpm until your engine reaches the optimal operating temperature before you cruise on. This is a practice that is shared with me by an experienced mechanic.
- Filling up at night when it’s cooler (86%)
Colin: Pump when your tank is low and not when the temperature is cool. The storage tank for your petrol is well insulated from the external environmental temperature, so it does not make much difference the time you pump your petrol. However, I am told that it is not recommended to pump when the oil tanker is filling up the reservoir. Not too sure why as I did not press for an answer. So do enlighten me if you know the reason.
- Filling only half a tank of fuel to avoid excess weight or evaporation (77%)
Colin: Making more trips to the petrol station definitely waste more petrol than carrying a full tank.
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Do check out some of the tips shared by Shell to improve on your fuel efficiency. [LINK]