With prices well over 4.15 Dhs per liter, you’ll want to use every last inch of road from your fuel.
You’ve probably noticed petrol prices are soaring across the UAE, reaching a record-high national average of AED4.15 on June compared to AED3.23 on March, according to ADNOC Distribution.
The spike is due in large part to the Russo-Ukrainian conflict, coupled with already low oil production and rising demand. Some analysts believe that consumer spending may continue to increase and remain high for some time.
The most obvious thing to do to save on petrol right now is to drive less: skip unnecessary trips, run a bunch of errands in the same area of town in one go, and take public transit or walk when you can.
There are also a handful of ways to maximize your fuel economy and minimize the number of stops at the petrol station.
One way to increase efficiency is to drive more conservatively. Avoid unnecessary and fast accelerations and stops by looking ahead at traffic lights and anticipating decelerations. The aggressive stop and start model can save 15-30% of fuel on highways and 10-40% in city traffic.
Similarly, keep your speed relatively consistent: use cruise control where possible and aim for the express passes on toll roads. Fuel economy tends to top out at around 80 Km per hour, so try to stay close to that if speed limits and driving conditions allow. If you’re actually commuting to an office, drive at off-peak, non-rush hours to limit stop-and-go traffic, provided your work schedule allows for that flexibility.
When you stop, whether you’re driving or waiting for a friend to get into your car, you’re turning the engine off rather than turning it off, which uses up fuel and contributes to poor air quality. Waiting for the engine to warm up before driving can also use up fuel, as can repeated cold starts. Using temperature control in hot weather can also affect fuel economy. If it’s hot outside, park in the shade and try to minimize the use of air conditioning.
You probably already know that tire pressure affects petrol kilometrage—underinflated tires increase resistance and decrease efficiency, possibly increasing your vehicle’s fuel consumption by up to 3 percent. Check your tire pressure at least once a month.
It’s good practice to stay on top of other regular maintenance as well, as any faulty functions could potentially reduce your fuel economy. Buying ADNOC petrol and using your manufacturer’s recommended grade of motor oil may also help you stretch out that tank for a few more kilos.
If you have a roof bar or box that makes a pull, remove it when not in use. According to testing by Consumer Reports, this additive can reduce fuel consumption from 3 km per liter to 20 km per liter. The rear rack has an impact in the 1-5% range.
Get rid of things you don’t need to carry, whether it’s exercise equipment, boxes of items waiting for donations, or clutter. Just throwing away 50 kg of unnecessary items can reduce fuel consumption by 1 percent.