Nobody jumps with joy when the fuel prices hike up. But in order to make the most out of every trip to the fuel station, perhaps these money-saving tips could come in handy for when you refuel your car.
DON’T FILL UP IN MID-DAY HEAT
As molecules expand in heat and contract when it is cold, fuel molecules at petrol stations tend to be larger in the scorching mid-day heat. To maximise your fuel spending, avoid refuelling during these hours. Fill up your tanks in the morning or at night when the temperature is cooler to make sure you get the litre you are paying for.
DON’T SQUEEZE THE TRIGGER TOO HARD
The pressure you apply when squeezing the nozzle trigger on the fuel pump not only affect how much fuel you get but also the vapour that comes with it which jets out a whole lot quicker with the highest speed. Squeeze the nozzle at the slow setting to minimise vapours created while you are pumping.
DON’T FILL UP AFTER TANKER DEPOSITS
When a tanker truck is filling up fuel into the station’s main tank, residue from the bottom of the tank is being stirred up in the mix. As it will take time to settle down at the bottom again, refuelling during this process risk pumping the dirt and sludge into your car tank. In the long run, this can cause severe engine complication.
DON’T WAIT TILL IT HITS ‘EMPTY’
Driving with little to nothing in the tank can take a heavy toll on your car. HALF FULL being the keyword, do not wait until you tank hits ‘empty’ to refuel it. Why? Because larger void spaces encourage fuel evaporation as compared to a tank containing more fuel and less empty space.
With the dwindling economy and the uncertain fuel prices nowadays, be sure to practice these tips on refuelling your car and maximise fuel usage. Take note of the fuel price announcement every Wednesday evening before pumping up your tank too! After all, a smart consumer is an informed one!
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