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Beaten the ‘flu bug? Time to take on your fuel bill…

WHAT GOES DOWN MUST GO UP! That’s the First Law of the Fuel Price around the world and South Africa is no exception with stiff increases already in place to add to the misery of the Covid plague.

Before June 2020’s hefty fuel price increase South Africa saw large decreases in the fuel price. Which wasn’t really good news because The Lockdown meant few ordinary folk couldn’t drive anywhere anyway.

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Now that the most of SA has returned to the roads under more difficult economic times it is important to decrease your fuel consumption as much as possible. MasterDrive has some very helpful suggestions…


MD Eugene Herbert has some basic fuel-saving techniques that could save as much as 20% savings on the fuel forecourts while reducing the chances of a driving mishap.

“Whether you need to save on your personal fuel bill or are a fleet operator looking to decrease costs, reducing your fuel consumption is one of the most effective ways to cut costs….

”Drivers tend to fall into bad habits that not only increase the risk of a crash but also increase fuel consumption.”

Here’s how…

Reducing cruising speed by 20km/h is one of the most effective ways to reduce fuel spend by 20%. If you cannot reduce your speed at least adjust to driving conditions.

Anticipate red lights. Slowing to avoid a complete stop is more fuel-efficient tha a complete stop/start.

Drive looking 12 seconds ahead to be able to react to potential hazards and avoid unnecessary stop/starts.

Don’t drive recklessly or aggressively. Such driving is often accompanied by fuel-heavy behaviour such as fast lane-changes, sudden acceleration and harsh braking.

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Plan ahead to avoid areas where heavy traffic often occurs (but don’t get lost!).

Keep engine revs between 2500 and 3000rpm – that can also help to reduce your fuel bill.

Herbert again: “Drivers who are taught how to reduce petrol consumption save between 15-20%, on average. If a driver travels 3000km/month (at 10 litres/100km) they can save R5000 each a year.

”Multiply this by a fleet of 100 and that figure jumps to R500 000 a year.”

Think on that, truckers…!

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