With fuel prices ridiculously high, it pays to put into practice some fuel-efficiency tips.
A recent Wheels24 survey on how the higher cost of living has affected the fuel consumption of South African motorists reveals startling facts. Perhaps you can find yourself amongst these points...
The survey showed that:
Since the cost of living has increased significantly over the last year, it is surprising that 71% of South Africans still have not made any changes to their travelling routine. Although 30% said they have joined a lift club, started using public transport or alternate between their car and public transport an overwhelming amount of 68% say that they still choose personal transport over public transport.
So, what to do?
Improving some of your driving techniques and using a quality fuel goes a long way when trying to save fuel.
A perfect example of this was a recent trip done by a Jaguar XF 2.2 which used a single tank of Caltex Diesel 50 with Techron to complete a 1265.8 km Pretoria to Durban round trip.
Two Jaguar XF 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel models completed the journey with seasoned economy run expert Roger Rouessart and IGNITION GT presenter Marius Roberts doing driving duty under the watchful eye of Richard Carstens from Motorsport South Africa. The pair of XFs arrived back in the capital city having each completed the trip on a single tank of diesel. Marius Roberts represented the 'ordinary' driver and demonstrated that even without specialist knowledge one is able to achieve exceptional fuel consumption figures.
Fuel efficiency tips
Suzanne Pullinger, Communications Manager for Caltex South Africa says; "Caltex understands how frustrating the high cost of living is for all South Africans especially motorists, and therefore would like to advise motorists on ways they can save fuel and keep their vehicle in the best condition during these tough economic times. "
Fuel efficiency tips that will help you go further and save in tough economic times:
For Caltex SA, efficiency of products is high priority: "The benefits of Techron and the fuel efficiency of Caltex products are obvious, the cleaning ability of Techron and our 50ppm diesel proves that a clean engine is a huge contributor to the fuel efficiency of a vehicle”, says Pullinger.
"There are many ways to get more kilometers out of your petrol tank, but it all comes down to good vehicle maintenance and sensible driving, these are the leading influencers in optimising fuel economy. Everything from having your tyres inflated with the correct pressure to smooth, steady acceleration is important," Pullinger concluded.