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Cut Down Your Fuel Costs
Air-con on full blast, stop-start driving in the city streets… Cutting down your fuel bill in Singapore isn't easy. But there are ways to make sure your car is getting as many kilometres per litre as possible.
Here are a few tips to help you.
Buy A More Fuel-Efficient Car
If you've got the cash, a new fuel-efficient car might be the way to go. Sure it will cost you more up front, but you'll earn it all back eventually by spending less at the petrol station. Electrics, hybrids, and LPGs all use less petrol than conventional cars. But they don't come cheap. The Singapore government's Fuel Economy Labelling Scheme (FELS) is a big help and means that all cars being sold have to display their fuel economy information. You can also log onto the Singapore Fuel Cost Calculator which gives you fuel economy information for cars approved for registration in Singapore. It lets you compare different models of cars and get an estimate of yearly fuel costs.
Ease Off The Accelerator
The harder you plant your foot, the more your engine has to work and the more petrol it burns up. Obvious but worth a reminder!
Clean It Out
For every 114 kilograms in your car you lose about half a kilometre per litre in fuel efficiency So don't drive around with an entire junkyard in your boot if you can help it. The lighter your load the heavier your wallet.
Cut Down On Drag
Anything that disrupts the airflow around your car also lowers your fuel economy. So take off the roof rack if you're not using it to save yourself some money. Having the windows down also creates more drag, so keep them up if you can. Not difficult to do here in tropical Singapore!
Keep It Maintained
Cars in poor condition get lousy fuel economy. It might cost a bit to have a mechanic fix your car, but the money you save at the petrol station will help make up for it.
Tighten Your Petrol Cap
Petrol evaporates quickly. If your petrol cap isn't screwed on tightly enough, some of your fuel could literally vanish into thin air.
Don't Let It Idle
When your engine is running but your car isn't moving, you're getting exactly zero kilometres per litre. If you find you have to wait in the car—even just for a little while—turn the engine off and save some petrol. For the same reason, try to avoid heavy traffic by leaving earlier or later for your daily commute.
Turn Off The Air Conditioner
Not an easy one to do here in Singapore but at the same time you can try to cut back on air-con usage. Having the cold air blowing at full blast means your engine has to work harder to keep up. This can lower your fuel economy by as much as 20%.
Properly Inflate Your Tyres
Underinflated tyres can reduce your fuel efficiency by 3% or more. But don't overinflate them either. Doing that will make them wear out much quicker, and could even result in a blowout. Always inflate your tyres to the pressure shown on the sidewall, and check them regularly to make sure they're staying at that pressure.
Stick To The Highways
You do a lot more braking and accelerating in city streets compared to the highway. So try to plan your routes to take advantage of this fact.
Write It All Down
It may just seem like extra work, but by keeping a log of your car's fuel consumption you'll be able to see exactly when, where, and hopefully why you're getting lower fuel economy.
Apps to Help You
There are a few apps to help you cut down your fuel costs. We like Singapore Petrol Price (sgpetrolprice.com). It quickly tells you where to buy the cheapest petrol in Singapore each day.