Saturday, November 08, 2014

10 Fuel Saving Tips from Shell

Who wants to spend more on gas? I bet you no one does. Except the owners of gas stations maybe. Heehee.

With the holidays approaching, we're expecting traffic, out of town trips to visit (or escape) family and friends, and last minute shopping expeditions to be part and parcel of our agendas.

But because I want you, yes you, to to be a more fuel-efficient driver on the road, I am sharing with you these tips from Shell, to help us make smart decisions on how we use and maintain our vehicles, how we drive, and which products we can use to keep our vehicles running.

Here are ten good choices that can make our fuel last longer:

1. Drive smoothly and avoid high speeds. 

Maintain a steady speed and keep your steering as even as possible. Avoid braking or accelerating too quickly as this burns more fuel. The faster you go, the more wind resistance you encounter, forcing your car to consume more fuel.

2. Plan your trips. 

Always know which routes to take and plan trips accordingly. Try to combine small trips so you spend less time on the road and consume less fuel. For instance, schedule a trip to the mall and a friend’s house if they happen to be in the same vicinity.

3. Avoid carrying excess weight.

Your fuel efficiency can drop for every 100 lbs (45kg) you carry in your car. Consider removing your roof rack if it is not in use.

4. Maintain the right tire pressure. 

Fuel efficiency can be reduced even if tires are under inflated by just one psi. Maintain the ideal tire pressure of 30 psi. Check tires at least once a week or whenever you visit your favorite retail station.

5. Do preventive maintenance and check-ups on your vehicle. 

Fuel efficiency is affected by how well a car is maintained. A dirty engine increases fuel consumption. Start by using a high quality lubricant, changing worn out spark plugs and replacing clogged air filters.

6. Check your fuel cap. 

Make sure the fuel cap is properly screwed on after every fill up to prevent fuel from evaporating.

7. Avoid excess idling.

Idling is a surefire way to burn more fuel. Turn off your engine if you have to stay for more than 10 seconds.

8. Keep your windows closed. 

Driving with windows open slows the car down. Close the windows when there is no need to open them.

9. Avoid rush hour. 

Getting up a bit earlier can be a chore, but avoiding rush hour means spending less time stuck in traffic.

10. Make a good choice and fill up with Shell FuelSave.

Shell FuelSave, a regular priced fuel, contains active efficiency ingredients that can help improve your fuel efficiency from the very first tank. When combined with fuel-efficient driving habits, Shell FuelSave can help make your fuel last longer.

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