As fuel pump price rises around the world, there is a strong possibility that the federal government of Nigeria would do away with the subsidy of fuel sometime in 2022.
As Nigerian motorists prepare for this inevitability and indeed for motorists who are already buying expensive fuel in other parts of the world, good knowledge about how to make your car consume less fuel while driving is vital.
It is against this backdrop that we are serving for your weekend delight essential tips to reducing fuel consumption, courtesy of MasterDrive:
- Ensure your vehicle’s maintenance is up-to-date. Not replacing certain parts in your car can considerably affect fuel consumption.
- Maintaining an adequate following distance and watching 12 seconds ahead helps save fuel as you have more time to react to traffic. You can then slow down and potentially avoid coming to a complete stop.
- Keeping your revs between 2 500 rpm and 3 500 rpm can reduce your petrol consumption by up to 20%. In diesel vehicles, the rpm can be as low as 2 000.
- Something else that can contribute to a 20% reduction is keeping your speed low. Traveling at a reduced speed, where possible, has shown to also play a role in reducing fuel consumption.
- Avoid costly behaviours behind the wheel such as driving aggressively.
- Using your aircon judiciously and making sure that open windows do not add to increased wind resistance will also help.
- Plan your routes. Plenty of petrol can be wasted by not making your route as efficient as possible.
- Avoid driving with unnecessary items in your car that add to the weight of the vehicle.
- Avoid idling for longer than 30 seconds.
- Ensure tyres are properly inflated. Under-inflated tyres increase fuel consumption.
Although Nigerian motorists, for now, buy fuel at a highly subsidized pump price, petrol pump price at over N160 per litre is still on the high side for many.
Therefore, even before the removal of fuel price, you can as well start putting into practice the above tips and cut down your fuel budget.
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