With petrol prices in Singapore (and all over the world) soaring, and the cheaper alternative of enjoying subsidized petrol from our neighbors up north all but evaporated, the time has never been better to use all resources available to lower our car’s petrol consumption. Check out the following websites for tips and other information you can use to save on money on fuel as prices seem to be going up and up!
Petrol Watch – In their own words
Petrol Watch is designed as a community project with an aim to provide information and services to all motorists in Singapore. We know how expensive it can get driving around. Here at Petrol Watch, we seek to enhance the average consumers’ awareness of petrol pump prices, car park prices, car prices and become the de-facto guide which Singaporeans can refer to.
Improving Your Fuel Economy
Many fuel-savings driving tips that many drivers find unnecessary to implement when oil was trading at US$50/barrel will surely come in handy in the current situation. Short of getting rid of your car and switching to public transportation, here are some petrol-savings tips:
Downgrade that petrol guzzling SUV to a smaller model.
Convert your car to be CNG powered or purchase a Hybrid electric type vehicle.
Try to schedule your trips and errands during off-peak hours when traffic is lighter to avoid getting stuck in rush hour traffic jams. While idling, your car gets exactly 0 miles per gallon. Stopping and starting the engine frequently will cause extra wear.
Keep all tires inflated to the pressure as recommended for your car. Allowing them to get too deflated will increase drag and decrease your mileage. Keeping them over inflated will degrade traction and wear the tires rapidly.
Avoid having to stop completely. Look far ahead, if approaching a red light, let up the accelerator earlier to see if you can slow down enough to avoid having to actually stop completely (because you reach the light after it turned green). Speeding up from 5 or 10 miles per hour will be easier on the petrol consumption than starting from full stop.
WikiHow has a lot more practical tips on saving money on petrol.