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Fuel-Saving Tips

As well as filling up with Shell’s New Unleaded Extra and Diesel Extra, there are a number of simple fuel-tips that you can follow to gain extra kilometers:

10 Fuel-Saving Tips:

  1. Change gears efficiently:
    Move up to the highest gear as soon as appropriate.  When you drive slowly in a higher gear, you'll burn less fuel;
  2. Drive smoothly:
    Don't drive aggressively and avoid hard acceleration.  You'll burn up to a third less fuel if you drive smoothly;
  3. Avoid sudden braking:
    Keep a good distance from the car in front of you and avoid braking too hard as this will use more fuel;
  4. Make sure your tyres are properly inflated:
    Check your tyres regularly and ensure that they are correctly inflated;
  5. Avoid over revving your car:
    Don't over-rev when you're pulling away or accelerating. Never 'redline' the rev counter;
  6. Avoid carrying excess weight:
    Empty your boot out now and again and clear your car of unecessary items;
  7. Switch off your engine when it’s not in use:
    Avoid excess idling, it burns fuel unecessarily.  Turn the engine off until you need it again;
  8. Use air-conditioning sparingly:
    Air-conditioning puts extra strain on your engine and can increase your fuel consumption by 8%. Rather use your car's internal ventilation system where possible;
  9. Keep your engine well tuned and serviced:
    Service your car regularly - a poorly maintained engine with dirty dark plugs can increase your fuel consumption by up to 50%;
  10. Avoid high speeds:
    High speeds = more wind resistance = greater fuel consumption. Keep it slow.