Fuel Saving Facts & Fictions (Compiled by Shell)

Shell FuelsaveI have been repeatedly hearing the advertisement by Shell on fuel saving lately on the radio, so I am pretty curious to find out what it is all about and whether I am doing the right things.

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.

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Review: Mountek nGroove Snap+ (CD Slot Car Mount)

Before I purchase the Mountek nGroove Snap+ Magnetic CD Slot Car Mount, I always wonder how many people really make use of the CD player in the car nowadays. There are many different shapes and sizes of car mounts that I have used previously but none is to my liking. Those that are mounted to the windscreen or dashboards would leave permanent markings after prolong usage, and those that are mounted at the air-con vent would block the cool air reaching me. This is going to be a simple and straightforward review as there is no technical specification involved. Either you like it or you don’t.

The Mountek nGroove Snap+ Magnetic CD Slot Car Mount, as its name says so, is one that is attached onto the car CD player slot. You can then tighten it accordingly using the screw attached. It leaves no residue behind even after a long period of usage, especially if you were to park your car under the hot sun frequently. Placing and removing your devices from the Mountek Snap+ Mount is easy and quick as it makes use of magnets to hold your device to the mount. No additional effort is required!

In Action

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Deals: FairPrice Online Free Delivery

To celebrate Mother’s Day, NTUC has decided to provide free delivery for purchases above $60 in a single order made from its FairPrice Online store. The promotion code shown below is valid till 10 May 15, 11.59PM.

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Are Petrol Prices in Singapore pegged to Crude Oil Prices?

http://www.singaporebudget.gov.sg/budget_2015/bib_pg.aspx

Extracted from http://goo.gl/LVjHWS

After the announcement of Budget 2015, petrol companies were prompt in implementing the new petrol duty tax. Petrol duty tax for premium grade petrol (98-Octane) increased 20 cents to 64 cents, while intermediate grade petrol (92-Octane & 95-Octane) increased 15 cents to 56 cents. Since then, there was much debate on whether the companies were profiteering as some of the companies raised the pump prices in excess of the hike from the petrol duty tax.

In March 2015, I was honoured to be invited by MediaCorp producers to attend “Talking Point” to give my personal views as both a driver and a consumer. If you have missed this episode, you can head to Toogle and watch the recorded version. During the commercial break discussion with an oil industry veteran (Mr. Ong Eng Tong), I finally understood the background as to why the petrol prices in Singapore are priced similarly across the different companies. He shared much on the common business practices of the petrol industries. In summary, it is similar to how the telcos in Singapore operate and that is by sharing key infrastructures. Another key lesson learnt for myself is the understandings of the different petrol grades. Since that day onward, I decided to pump 95-Octane for my newly purchased car instead of 98-Octane. After trying out a few full tanks of 95-Octane petrol, I concluded that Octane level did not have relationship with the fuel consumption on my Kia Forte K3. Lastly, Mr. Ong also shared during the show on the different components that determines the pump prices as below:

Petrol Price Composition

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Up Close and Personal Breakfast with Sesame Street Characters at USS

The Sesame Street frenzy did not just end with the birthday cakes and cupcakes for Ashley on her 2-year-old birthday.

An impromptu decision that came with her birthday planning was to bring Ashley to the Sesame Street Character Breakfast at Universal Studios Singapore (USS). Initially, our concerns mainly revolved around the question, “Will Ashley be scared of the life-size Elmo, Big Bird and Abby?” After pondering for a few days, we finally took the plunge and decided to go ahead with the plan to bring Ashley to visit her favourite characters from Sesame Street. This turned out to be one of the best decision as what followed simply amazed Colin and I when we were at USS. As we walked into the empty New York street of USS towards Loui’s NY Pizza Parlor, it was just pure joy to see Ashley gushed out in excitement, “ELMO!” , “ABBY!”, “ERNIE!”. On seeing her excitement just seeing statues of her favourite characters, we knew we were in for a treat when she sees real life Sesame street characters responding to her.

USS     Empty New York Street

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