Up Goes The Price Of Petrol
Up Goes The Price Of Petrol: You might of heard it on the tv or threw a friend and sadly the news is true the price of petrol will be going up again. The Energy Department says the increase in fuel prices is due to economic factors affecting the national retail price of illuminating paraffin as well as a weaker rand. a litre of petrol will cost 52 cents more for all grades, while diesel is going up by 76 cents. The department’s Robert Maake says, “The reason is the high crude oil prices, which has led to the high price of the petroleum products. This means all the products were highly priced in the market last month.” This is the second petrol price increase in the space of a month, after an increase of 12 cents per litre on 4 May. Concern was raised by the AA over the steady rise in oil prices in the current weak rand environment‚ notwithstanding international opinion that global oversupply could see prices pull back.
Tips to save petrol:
- Travel less – Did you know that when you drive a car that has been parked for a few hours, the engine is cold and it uses much more fuel for the first five miles or so?
- Stay out of rush hour – There are few worse places to spend your time than stuck in a traffic jam, but it’s also a very expensive way of travelling. Every time that you stop and start in traffic, your car needs first gear and a huge amount of fuel to get moving again. Second gear is not much better. The best solution is to not travel during the rush hour. You can also save some fuel by trying to understand what the traffic is doing in front of you, and travelling steadily at a slow speed, rather than accelerating and braking.
- Close your windows and sunroof – It’s not so much of a problem when you’re driving in town, but when you’re out of town or on the motorway and moving more quickly, the shape of your car is very important. Car designers call it aerodynamics and make lots of effort to reduce the ‘drag’ and make the car as sleek as possible. Anything that makes wind noise as your car goes along is actually making your car more expensive to run.
- Keep it light – Just like your body, your car needs more fuel to move around more weight. So, just as you wouldn’t wear a heavy rucksack unless you had to, don’t cart stuff around in the boot of your car unless you need it.
- Accelerate smoothly – The perfect way to travel is at a constant speed, and in the highest gear (five or six). So if you’re a patient driver, you’ll have lower fuel bills.
- Air con off – It’s tempting to leave the air-con on the whole year round. It stops the windows misting up in the winter and you don’t ever need to think about the temperature inside the car, but it uses quite a bit of fuel.
- Check your tyres – The lower the tyre pressure, the more fuel the car needs to move it down the road. We recommend that you take five minutes every fortnight to check the tyres.