Regular Service and Maintenance Helps Ease The Blow of High Petrol Prices
The petrol price in South Africa has become a laughably contentious issue with motorists; from the beginning of 2018, with concurrent drops in the fuel price, we have seen a steep and steady rise in petrol and diesel prices in South Africa – and we as motorists are feeling the crunch.
In an excerpt from this BusinessTech article, we highlight some of the responses from MotorVaps Managing Director – Greig Hains – on how you can get more km’s out of your tank.
Hains notes that the recent fuel price increases affect South Africans in many ways.
“The two most prevalent are the direct impact the increase has on the cost of petrol which motorists put into their cars, and the indirect impact on the cost of everyday essentials like food which are transported from one side of the country, to the other, by road.”
“If, like most South Africans, you shop at the average grocery store, then the latter is hard to avoid. Cutting back on luxuries is unfortunately the only option for many of us,” he said.
However, Hains explained that motorists can take action to lessen the blow of filling up their cars by getting more out of each tank. “There’s no getting around the cost per litre, but you can make each litre go further,” he said.
Hains shared his top tips for drivers looking to reduce their petrol usage and, by default, their monthly fuel spend.
How Can I Save Petrol Through Maintenance and Servicing of My Vehicle?
While there are a myriad of ways to save petrol – including using alternative (Cheaper) transport methods, driving slower, in a higher gear / lower revs according to the road conditions – and opting for 93 Octane petrol instead of 95 Octane, we focus on how regular maintenance and servicing can help you get more mileage:
Ensure Regular Servicing And Maintenance
“One of the easiest ways to make each tank last a little longer is to simply keep your car in good running order.”
Hains said that a number of your car’s components impact fuel consumption if they are not properly maintained or regularly replaced. “Some examples include oil, air filters and spark plugs.”
“Regular servicing and maintenance, as recommended by your vehicle manufacturer, is essential to get the best out of your car in every way…and fuel usage is no exception. Most cars are sold with some kind of service or maintenance plan – either included in the purchase price of the car or as an optional extra, while older or second-hand cars are often eligible for a service plan through reputable motor financial services providers.”
“With the opportunity to save money at the pumps, it’s definitely worthwhile keeping track of when your car is due for its next check-up,” he said.
While it may seem like there is no light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to keeping up with the rising cost of everyday necessities like petrol, Hains said that it’s often the little things that can make the biggest difference long-term.
“Implement a few changes in the way you drive, when you drive and what you drive – your bank balance will thank you,” he said.
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