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Learn how to save on your fuel in spite of price hike

The price of petrol may have gone up from August 1, but a slight alterations in your driving behaviour can save you money. Each time when you go past the 100kmph-mark, the efficiency of the car drops taking your hard-earned money with it.

It is a universal fact that displaying a smooth driving style and maintaining speed limits will benefit in petrol expenses which in turn also helps towards road safety.

Let’s take a car with a typical mileage of 22mpg or 9.3kmpl, with a daily journey of 50kms one way or 100 kms return with a fuel price of Dh 2.14/ltr.

Driving the car at the suggested speed limit of 55mph (88.5kmph) for the journey will reward you by running at the typical mileage, and you’ll reach your destination in about 34 minutes (one way). In addition, your petrol spend will be less than Dh23 per day, or Dh8,312 per year.

However, if you decide to go at 80mph (128.5kmph), you’ll reach your destination in just about 23.5 minutes – a difference of over 10 minutes. Though you might reach your destination earlier your car will be less efficient and would guzzle petrol worth a little less than Dh32 per day, or Dh11,570 per year.

In addition, it notes that loading your car with unnecessary items also leads to more fuel consumption. Be sure to remove unneeded items from your vehicle (such as golf clubs, baby strollers, work equipment) if you’re not going to use them, it recommends. The lighter your vehicle, the better the fuel efficiency.

Here are some additional tips and tricks offered by Road Safety UAE to reduce fuel consumption:

Avoid speeding and adhere to the speed limits.

Mind your driving style: avoid revving up on short distances (e.g., to the next red light) and display an anticipating, smooth and defensive driving style.

Maintain your vehicle well: proper tires and proper tire pressure, engine maintenance (air filter, thermostats, fuel injectors, ignition system).

Don’t run your engine unnecessarily.

Car utilization: Drive the car type/size and engine size that best suits your needs and consider car sharing / rotation (for example for daily commuters).

Use public transportation.

Plan your trips well and combine your journeys to reduce the amount of driving.

Utilize new technologies: maintenance alerts, tire pressure alerts, start/stop function at red lights, Hybrid cars, etc.