Wednesday 18 January 2012


Now that the Government and her allies have finally imposed N97 as the official pump price of fuel on Nigerians, the citizens on their own part have to understand and adopt survival strategies to see them through the turbulence periods before they finally get used to it and devise another means of surviving with respect to their financial status. Below are some tips to assist with consumption rate of fuel while driving:
•Avoid aggressive driving: Abrupt starts and hard braking can increase fuel consumption by as much as 40%. Tests show that "jackrabbit" starts and hard braking reduces travel time by only four percent. The proper way is to accelerate slowly and smoothly, then get into high gear as quickly as possible.
•Drive steadily at posted speed limits: increasing your highway cruising speed from 100km/h to 120km/h can raise fuel consumption as much as 20%.
•Avoid idling your vehicle: Idling wastes fuel gets you nowhere. If you're going to be stopped for more than 30 seconds, except in traffic, turn off the engine. In
•Make sure your tires are properly inflated: This is to prevent increased rolling resistance. Under-inflated tires can cause fuel consumption to increase by as much as 6%.
•Select the right gear: Change up through the gears and into top gear as soon as possible without accelerating harder than necessary. Driving in a gear lower than you need wastes fuel; so don’t let the engine labour in top gear on hills and corners.
•Use your air conditioner sparingly on older cars: Using a vehicle’s air conditioner increase fuel consumption as much as 10% in city driving.
•Use the cruise control: On long stretches of highway driving, cruise control can save fuel by helping your car maintain a steady speed.
•Service your vehicle regularly: According to the manufacturer's instructions. A poorly tuned engine can use up to 50% more fuel and produces up to 50% more emissions than one that is running properly.
•Tighten your gas cap: If you don't tighten up the petrol tank, gas can evaporate.
•Park in shady areas when possible: Besides helping to keep your car cool, which reduces the need for air conditioning, parking in the shade also minimizes the loss of gas due to evaporation.
•Plan your trip: always plan your routes to avoid heavy traffic.
•Make a commitment to drive less by walking to some nearby destinations: This is good for your health and the environment.

Signature: D'Prince

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