9 ways to save money on petrol in summer

Fuel prices have dropped this month, here's how to save even more

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A car fills up with petrol at a petrol station in Dubai

When yThe Ministry of Energy, UAE announced that this July we are dealing with a decrease in fuel prices. So why not save even more fuel, by using this guide.


Don’t warm up your car for too long

Because we live in the UAE, we really don’t need to warm up our cars for longer than 30 seconds. Any more time, then you are wasting fuel.


Don’t always have your AC on high

It's impossible to suggest rolling down the window during this summer heat, but you should consider increasing your AC temperature, then keeping the fan level on low. It will save gas and keep you comfortable. 


 Buy petrol early in the morning or later in the day

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Because the weather is cooler earlier in the day, the petrol is therefore more dense and cooler. As temperatures rise, the density of the petrol is lower and you get less of it when you pump. So pump it early on, and it slightly expands in your tank as the day gets warmer.


Don’t brake too hard

Braking too much wastes petrol and wears your brake pads out faster. The best way to reduce the firmness of your breaking is to maintain a safe distance from the car in front of you, so that you don’t have to hit the brakes too hard.  


Drive steady

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As much as everyone in this country loves to speed, if you’re low on petrol, slow down and drive steady. Don’t accelerate too quickly, because that wastes petrol.


Turn off the engine when you can

If you have the chance to switch your engine off, do it. Whether waiting for someone outside, or if you just need to pull over somewhere. Keeping your engine on will majorly waste petrol. The car will still stay cool for a short period of time


Close your windows on highways

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You may think that switching off your AC and driving with the windows open will save gas, but an open window, on the highway specifically, increases resistance and costs you fuel in the long run, so keep your windows closed whenever possible. You want to make your vehicle as aerodynamic as possible.


Relax on the road rage

When your driving is more aggressive you are actually using more fuel. Aggressive driving causes people to accelerate rapidly, as well as brakin hard. This uses more fuel than you think. So stay calm and save on fuel.


 Drive Less

If it’s possible for you to take the metro, or public transportation, you might be saving more on the increasing cost of petrol.  When not doing important drives like work, try to find one place where you can conveniently run all your errands, rather than drive around all over town. If you’re going out with friends, opt for a carpool or call a taxi.


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