Fill Up and Shut Up – Part 2

Fill Up and Shut Up

As  various other organisations march against the constant fuel price increases, the petrol price and fuel saving related subjects are hot topics. In last weeks blog I did some research regarding how South Africa’s fuel price compared to the rest of the world. I found some cool things regarding this topic while conducting my research and this week I want to keep to this theme.

The fact is that there is nothing we can do to stop the rising fuel price. The rising fuel price is as inevitable as the sun rising each morning, it is what it is. Although we can’t stop petrol prices increasing, there are a couple of lifestyle or driving-style things we can do to save on petrol usage. I have compiled a list of things you as a driver can do to save every valuable drop of petrol. This is not things that are as extreme as selling your car an buying a bicycle or motorcycle, but rather small changes that can mean a lot. It’s like a healthy-living lifestyle change, using only half a teaspoon of sugar instead of three with your coffee.

The first few tips are blatantly obvious but it good to be reminded of these practices.

Below is a list of tips to save money by saving fuel:

  1. Easy easy does it.

The higher gear you drive in, the lower your engine speed is, which can improve fuel efficiency. So always change up a gear whenever your car comfortably can. According to the AA, dropping from 130km/h to 110/km/h could save you up to 25% in fuel. If you’re on smaller roads, slowing down from 110km/h to 95km/h could save another 10%. You should also break gradually and accelerate steady, putting you foot down is a fuel killer!

  1. Service and oil

Doing maintenance on your car is very important, not only to will it help you to save fuel but will also prolong the live of your vehicle. Follow the car-makers recommended service intervals and make sure to check that the car’s oil level.

  1. Pump it up!

Correctly inflated tyres are not only safer and will assure your tyres last longer. It also reduces drag on the road, improving your overall fuel economy. You may save up to 2% in fuel cost!

  1. Try not to drive

Organise a lift club with colleges or friends, it might increase your travel time, but by just sharing your ride with one other person, you’ll cut fuel and maintenance costs in half. Put a schedule in place where you drive for one week and your college drive the next week.

  1. Aerodynamics

Wind resistance increases fuel consumption.

Try to keep windows closed at high speeds and remove roof racks and boxes when not in use. Yes, removing a roof-top tents, Jerry-cans can save as much as 20% on fuel over a year.

  1. 95 vs. 93

Both 95 and 93 fuel are an unleaded fuel, which means it contains no added lead. Unleaded fuels are categorised in different levels of octane. The higher the octane level the higher burn-rate.

What is the difference?


  • 95 is a higher-octane fuel, so it burns at a faster rate, producing more energy than 93. It will give your engine better performance.
  • If you drive a high-performance car, 95 is better.
  • 95 octane fuel is more expensive.


  • If you live at higher altitudes, such as Jo’burg, your engine’s performance won’t differ as much when opting for 95. Higher altitude means lower air-pressure, so your engine’s performance gain is less The AA recommends that you use 93 in higher altitude regions and 95 in coastal regions.
  • 93 is less expensive than 95

In the end what fuel you choose depends on your manufactures specifications, go and read your car’s handbook for the best result. As a rule of thumb if you drive a vehicle with a bigger engine or turbo-charge engine you’ll get better millage from 95. If you drive a smaller car in higher-altitude regions you can get away with filling up with 93. By using the correct octane fuel you’ll save!


Safe driving

Hanru Reyneke

Founder @Car Inspection







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