We are lucky enough to have some of the most affordable petrol prices in the world. Here are ways to save even more money, by consuming less fuel.
1. 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.
2. Don’t always have your AC on
Now that the weather is on the cooler side, consider switching your AC off and enjoying the fresh air when you aren’t driving on a high way.
3. But close your windows when you are on the highway
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.
4. Buy petrol early in the morning or later in the day.
Usually, the weather is cooler earlier in the day, the petrol is therefore denser. 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.
5. 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.
6. Empty your trunk
Try to have as little added weight as possible to your trunk of your car. The lighter your car is, the less stress it puts on the engine to work harder. As a result you use less fuel.
7. Drive steady
As much as most people here love to speed in and out of lanes, it is best to drive steady. Don’t accelerate too quickly, because that wastes petrol.
8. 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.
9. Make sure your tires are inflated properly
Under-inflated tires can actually cause fuel consumption to increase. So make sure that you check the tire pressure at least once a month.
10. Service your car regularly
An engine that is tuned poorly can use a lot more fuel than an engine that is running properly.
11. Don’t speed
Try to always give yourself enough time before you have to be somewhere. Not only does speed kill, it uses a lot more gas than driving at a slow and steady pace.