A couple of weeks ago, we went on a fun road trip, headed for the South in Tagaytay for our first ever out-of-town Halloween trip! But before heading straight, we made sure to stop over at Shell along SLEX to gas up as well as a quick check of the oil and water. Better be safe than sorry, right? And thank you to Shell, I also learned a few tips and tricks on fuel-efficient driving! Read on! These tips might surprise you!
Drive smoothly and carefully. Avoid high speeds!
I know well how fun it is to drive on big highways. And how tempting it can be to step on the gas and run... errr... drive with the wind. But we have to remember, we're not in a Fast And the Furious movie. We must keep a steady speed at a normal speed. Because turns out that if you drive too fast, plus the unexpected traffic in SLEX sometimes, you'll have to frequently hit on the breaks or accelerate quickly. Doing these apparently burns more fuel. Also, the faster you drive, the more wind resistance your car will get, therefore making your car burn more fuel.
Plan Your Trips Well
I'm sure you know that saying that when you plan a trip with your friends, it usually doesn't push through. Some last minute thing always comes in the way. And if you plan something at the last minute, it most likely will push through. While that may funnily be true at times, it's still always better to plan trips carefully. When you've carefully planned your trip, you can plan ahead on which routes to take. how to sequence your stop overs so that everything is on the way. At the same time, for small city trips, you can schedule two or more things a day. Like doing more than one errand at the mall or something.
Avoid carrying too much stuff in your car
Did you know that fue l efficiency can drop for every 100 lbs. that you carry in your car? Remove heavy stuff in your car that you don't really use. like roof racks or bike racks when not in use.
Make sure your wheels have the right tire pressure
Soft tires uses up more gas. I've heard this before. But I didn't know that fuel efficience can already be reduced even when your tire pressure is under by 1 psi! Wow! The ideal is 30 psi. So whenever you're at a gas station, it wouldn't hurt to have your tire pressures checked. It will just take a few minutes anyways.
Always do preventive maintenance and check ups on your car
Let's just say that the more well-maintain a car is, the more fuel-efficient it is. If your engine is clean, the less fuel it will need to consume. The tip is to use a good quality lubricant. Also, occasional changing of clogged air filters and spark plugs.
Check that Fuel cap!
Apparently, fuel can evaporate when a fuel cap is not properly screwed back on.
If your car needs to be idle for quite a while, like picking up a friend and waiting for a friend to come out her house but she is taking a long time, it's best to turn off your engine first. If there's one way to burn a lot of fuel, it's idling.
This surprised me: Keep your windows up!
Back in my college days when I wasn't earning on my own yet, I thought shutting down the air conditioner was a way to save gas. So when I would drive, I would usually just have my windows rolled down. Fail! Turns out the wind makes it harder for the car to zoom through, creating more wind resistance, therefore using up more fuel.
Avoid rush hour
Of course. Rush hour means traffic, which leads to lots of idling in the middle of the road. And we all know how awful traffic can be here in the Philippines compared to the states. It seriously looks like The Walking Dead poster. If you don't mind staying at your office a bit longer or hang out somewhere after work, do so to avoid rush hour. Or wake up earlier than usual to avoid rush hour in the morning.
And last but definitely not the least, you can fill up with Shell FuelSave!
Shell FuelSave has active efficiency ingredients in it that helps improve fuel efficiency. This plus these tips on saving fuel, Shell FuelSave can really help us gt the best value for our money!
It may seem like a lot of checking but it will be more beneficial in the long run. Keep these tips in mind for your next driving escapade!
Oh, and don't forget to bring yummy snacks for the family for the long drive! ;-) OREOS!!!
Definitely kept this little one behaved although out the trip!
It made Mr. Pickiest Eater well-behaved on the road too! Hahaha!
For more tips and updates, visit www.shell.com.ph/targetonemillion. Check out their fun interactive mini games there too to equip drivers with the skills needed to help save fuel and at the same time cut down on fuel costs!