How to Save Fuel in Singapore

Published by on . Updated on 18 May 2020

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Just like cars, fuel isn’t exactly cheap in Singapore. For most drivers, they tend to pay $80 to $120 for each visit to the petrol station.

To help drivers reduce petrol costs, we’ve decided to highlight several fuel-saving tips. Some of these tips are practical, while others are just plain common sense. Find out what they are below.

1) Fill Your Tyres

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Driving with under-inflated tyres is not only dangerous, but it also causes your vehicle to burn more fuel than usual. When your tyres are not inflated properly, they will sag and have a greater contact surface area on the road. This slows your vehicle down, which in turn causes it to burn more fuel to achieve higher speeds.

By keeping your wheels filled up to proper levels, you can save up to 3% on fuel. It doesn’t seem much at first glance, but if you calculate it over 10 years, that’s quite a fair sum of money saved!

2) Use Your Credit Card

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Whether you use Shell, Caltex, SPC, or ESSO, each of these petrol brands have their own credit card partners that you, as a consumer, should take advantage of.

All you need to do is to pay using the appropriate credit card. Discounts and fuel-savings offered can go up to 24%, while certain credit cards have promotions such as cash rebates and loyalty points.

Check with your bank to see which credit card carries the best fuel benefits. Alternatively, you could also speak with the petrol attendant to find out more about current credit card promotions.

3) Lose Some Weight

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Do you tend to store bulky items like golf clubs, luggage, and boxes in your car boot? If you do, you might want to reduce that clutter, because these all these items might be slowing you down, and burning a hole in your pocket.

Imagine running with a 5kg backpack. It’s relatively effortless right? Try running with a 50kg backpack, and we guarantee you’ll be out of gas in no time. The same principle applies for vehicles. The heavier the car, the greater the engine workload, which also translates to more fuel being burnt.

4) Idle No More

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'Car idling blah blah, kills the Earth blah blah, Ozone layer blah blah.' You guys don't really want to know all that, right?

Here's the pitch. Fuel costs about $2/litre nowadays. An hour of idling your car burns nearly a liter of fuel. Let's say you idle for a total of 5 hours a month. That's $10 a month, which your car has 120 of before its term ends. That's $1,200 in fuel for idling!

For the love of money, just switch off your car!

5) Slow and Steady

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The adage "slow and steady wins the race" holds true, it seems. Your vehicle's fuel economy starts to taper off at around 80 km/h, and can lower it up to 33%!

Just by keeping within range, you can improve your gas mileage up to 10%!

Take it easy and drive smart!

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