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There's a reason why oil is dubbed as black gold. By the end of your car's 10-year term, you would've burned through about $26,400 worth of fuel- enough to fund a student's concession fees for 44 years! That's free public transport from birth to midlife crisis with money to spare. Wow.
Let's get down to it! Here's how to save on that sweet, sweet gas.
Fill up your tires
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Like us, it takes a little more for your car to run the same speed when it's sagging at the sides. Your wheels bite down on the tarmac a little more when it's not filled up properly, and takes more fuel to get running the same speed.
By simply keeping your wheels filled up to proper levels, you can save up to 3% on fuel! It's doesn't seem like much for 3 cents out of a dollar, but over 10 years and $26,400 worth of fuel, it's going to hurt more than a quick pump!
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It's not just about saving; it's a testament to what it means to be truly Singaporean, to be kiasu. Okay, it's mostly about saving, and these cards do the trick pretty well!
The HSBC Visa Platinum Credit Card
Let's not talk about the promotions this card has for the family man, like rebates on groceries. Instead, let's talk about the 14% discount at all Shell petrol stations and up to 16% off at all Caltex petrol stations. I'm sold!
Find the card for you here, or just get 'em all!
If you're searching for a little more, check out Fuel Watchers Singapore. They post frequent updates comparing fuel prices across the board to ensure you get the most bang for your buck!
Lose Some Weight
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It's not you, really! It's me. There's so much you can do to your car to get it running further for less until you realize… it's not the car. If you're a hoarder by nature, your car might be filled to the brim with golf clubs, books and other miscellaneous items you swore to clear months ago. That's not good.
For every 45kg taken off your car, your mileage goes down about 1%. Now I'm not saying you have to strip off the back seats, but at least clear up the back seats so your kids don't have to sit in the boot and duck when they spot the Traffic Police coming up.
Idle no more
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Car idling bla bla kills the Earth bla bla Ozone layer bla bla. You guys don't really want to know all that, right?
Here's the pitch. Fuel costs about $2/liter 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 $1200 of fuel on idling!
For the love of money, just switch off your car!
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!