By We Buy Wheels

The petrol prices are on the rise again, and this time, it’s serious. Fuel prices are speculated to rise as high as R20.00 per litre by the end of November 2021, and consumers are more conscious of fuel saving than ever before. Unfortunately, we don’t have control over the price of petrol, but there is a lot you can do to save on fuel by changing the way you drive. Follow these 12 tips to help you get the most out of every single fuel tank and to make the spike in prices just a little bit more affordable.

  1. Every car has a peak fuel saving performance point. Research has shown that changing up a gear before you reach 2500 revs in a petrol car, and 2000 revs in a diesel car can help you save up to 15% on fuel on most trips. The rev meter on most cars can be found next to the speedometer on the driver’s side dashboard, so be sure to keep an eye on it while you drive.
  1. Try to avoid hard breaking and acceleration by judging what is happening in the road in front of you. By doing this, you’ll not only save on fuel, but on maintenance costs as well as you’re taking a lot of stress of the clutch and the brake pads.
  1. The fan in your car doesn’t use up much fuel as it either recycles heat from the engine, or it allows air from the outside to come into the cockpit of the car. The air conditioner on the other hand, that’s a real petrol drinker. At any speed, the air conditioner will use up to 10% more fuel. A neat tip is to rather keep a slightly open window at speeds below 65kph for some fresh air, as cracking your window at low speeds doesn’t affect petrol use at all.
  1. A myth that we’ve seen come along with the older generation of drivers, is that engines need to “warm up” before you can drive off with the car. This is not the case with modern cars at all, as idling an engine or revving before you set off is unnecessary and a waste of petrol. Modern cars are ready to roll as soon as you turn the ignition key, but one thing to keep in mind is that it can take a car up to 8km before the engine will run at maximum efficiency (this is an average estimation for most cars), meaning that short trips are way more fuel intensive than longer ones. Our advice – Walk to the closer shops for small items or get the dust of the bicycle for an added fitness bonus!
  1. Any external items on the car like roof racks, boxes and aftermarket fittings that are not in use cause unnecessary drag increasing fuel usage, so take them off and save some petrol.
  1. We see a lot of people keeping items in their car for months, adding unnecessary weight to the car. Keep the weight of the car to a minimum, and we’re even talking about the amount of fuel you put in. Every 45kg removed from your vehicle can save you 1% on petrol, so be sure to experiment with your milage when you put in ¼ of a tank, vs ½ a tank and a full tank to get the most value for your money.
  1. You’ll hear that a lot of petrol saving enthusiasts tell you to travel at as low a speed as possible but chugging along at 40kph won’t just make you late for work, it also isn’t close to the ideal speed for saving fuel. The ideal speed for saving fuel is between 90-105 kph. But be careful, as speeds faster than this can decrease your fuel efficiency fast, as driving at 130kph uses 40% more fuel than driving at 110kph in a normal road car.
  1. Another myth that people believe in, is to slip their cars into neutral while moving believing that they are saving fuel. This is the opposite of what you should be doing, as modern fuel-injected cars consume proportionately more fuel when in neutral as the perceive the car to be idling, so selecting the appropriate gear for your speed will save a lot more on petrol.
  1. Fuel saving comes down to planning as well. Avoid the most congested periods of traffic, normally between 7-9am and 4-6pm if you can. Stop-start driving can decrease your milage by 40% in intense traffic. A tip to remember should you be stuck in traffic, is that it is more fuel efficient to switch off the engine if you are stationary for more than 10 seconds, as it is more fuel efficient than idling.
  1. Always make sure your tyres are inflated correctly. Under-inflated tyres can increase fuel consumption by up to 3% so always have them checked when filling up at the petrol station.
  1. A tip that not a lot of people know about is called drafting or slip streaming. This is when you move in behind another vehicle on the road and drive behind closely to avoid the head-on wind from travelling in a forward motion. This technique is also used by race car drivers around the world, and that it exactly where it should stay, on the track. If you’re patient though, why not catch the slipstream from a truck or bus, as their slipstream can be safely enjoyed from 20 metres back for 14% fuel saving on a trip! 
  1. The final driving tip we have, is to not drive with big shoes. Why? They take away from the sensitivity you need when applying throttle while driving, meaning they could take away precious drops of fuel when you accidentally spin off at the red lights.

These tips will certainly make a big difference to your bottom line for fuel expenses! But if you’re still thinking that you’re old or big-engine car won’t want to listen to any of them, why not give us a call to either sell your vehicle, or buy your next fuel-efficient car? We buy any running, non-running or accident damaged vehicle, so give us a call at 012 012 5812 or visit and fill in a simple online application form and we’ll get back to you today!

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