Five Ways You Can Reduce Your Petrol Expenses

The cost of petrol is a topic that always seems to get Malaysians all riled up. Although we don’t have much control over the price of petrol, we can do our best to make our vehicle’s petrol last longer and go further.

Here are five tips on how you can reduce your petrol expenses.

Lighten It Up

Think carefully about what you need on a journey. If you do not need something, do not put it in your vehicle. This is because, the lighter the load, the lower the fuel consumption and emissions. Carrying excess weight will use up more petrol. So check your car and take out what you don’t need to reduce the weight you are driving around with.

Get the Pressure Right

Under inflated tyres burn more fuel. Well maintained tyres are essential for safe and economical driving. Check tyre pressures regularly (especially before a motorway journey). Did you know that correctly inflated tyres can improve fuel consumption by 2% – 3%? It is advisable to check the pressure in your car tyres every fortnight.

Don’t Tailgate

Also, avoid tailgating. Not only is it unsafe, but if affects your petrol if the other driver slows down unexpectedly. Driving too close to the car in front will also involve constant braking and accelerating because you will need to react quickly to what the car in front is doing. Therefore, remain at a safe distance, this will allow you to slow down gently so you can ease off the accelerator with less need to use the brakes. By avoiding heavy braking, you can reduce both fuel consumption and wear and tear on your brake pads.

Maintenance Is Key

Get your car serviced regularly to ensure that you maintain the engine efficiency and that you’re using the correct engine oil. Have a regular engine check-up. You should follow your car’s servicing schedule to avoid having to fix a major problem that could have been avoided if you serviced regularly.

Check the Traffic

Plan ahead so you can avoid travelling during the congested periods of traffic. Stop-start driving is among the most fuel intensive forms of driving. Aside from that, a vehicle apparently consumers 20% more petrol when stuck in traffic. Therefore, if possible, avoid driving during peak hour so as to avoid being stuck in a traffic jam.

Alternatively, one of the best ways to save money on petrol is by using the right credit card.  A card suitable for car owners should offer benefits on petrol, as well as benefits for other car related expenses. This can be in the form of discounts for car servicing, insurance or other freebies. It would also be worthwhile to get a credit card that gives cashback or points when you pump petrol.

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