Drive smart to save on fuel
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I need some help saving fuel otherwise I’m going to sell my car and ride a bicycle to work.
The petrol price just doesn’t look like it’s ever going to come down and at times you can’t find fuel.
What car uses the least amount of fuel? Constance
Hi Constance, Saving fuel begins with you. It is your responsibility to be aware of any bad habits you might have picked up.
Be sure that the tyres are at the right pressure
– consult the owner’s manual – and limit the amount of time with the aircon on or the windows down.
Anticipate traffic so you can maintain momentum while travelling and make sure the engine has been serviced and is running efficiently.
Small turbo-charged diesels offer great fuel economy.
Hi Morgan, Is there a reason why we don’t have a half-ton diesel model in this country? I would have thought that with its advantages in fuel consumption and larger torque that it would be the more popular engine. Omar, Centurion
Hi Omar, Since Ford closed production on the Bantam there aren’t many half-ton models on the market.
The Nissan NP200
is due for an upgrade leaving the choice between the new Chevrolet Utility and the Fiat Strada.
The Fiat comes with a 1.7-litre diesel engine and we can expect a 1.3-litre diesel to join the Utility range later this year.
The 1.3-litre diesel is the same motor which was introduced to the Sonic hatch and I expect it to sell in big numbers.
To Morgan, I got a puncture in one of the front tyres and they told me it couldn’t be repaired because it was in the side of the tyre and not the tread.
I left the car and when I got back they charged me for filling it with nitrogen which I didn’t ask for. I don’t even know what nitrogen does or how to check if they really did what they claimed.
Can I fill the tyre with normal air at the garage? Ulandi Mabhena, Kyalami
Hi Ulandi, I must presume that they filled the other tyres with nitrogen as well otherwise this can lead to handling abnormalities.
The biggest selling point of nitrogen is that tyres run cooler which increases tyre life and improves handling. Nitrogen-filled tyres also retain pressure for longer and have no corrosive properties.
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