Choosing the perfect family car can be a rather challenging task.
As much as would like to get a petrol-guzzling, V8-powered SUV from one of the premium brands, it is not very likely that the family vehicle of your choice will be much fun to drive. When choosing the perfect family car, people usually have other priorities.
Family cars need to be reliable, spacious, practical, safe and reasonably powerful to keep you out of trouble on motorway merges and overtakes.
However, some of these things depend on the size of your family and your specific needs.
Do you have one or two children, or maybe four or five? Do you often drive grandparents with you? Do you drive your children and their friends often? Do you travel long distances very often and need smartphone chargers in the back?
All of these dictate the kind of a vehicle you are looking for and the required equipment, not to mention purchase budget, fuel efficiency and other ownership costs.
We will try to help you figure out what kind of a car you would need, what you should and should not consider and what your best options are. We will list the most important requirements and include vehicle example options for small and large families that should give you the idea of how the requirements look in reality.
But first, let’s set some ground rules for buying a family car that should apply for the vast majority of people in need of such vehicle:
1. You Need A Car With Good Safety Features
You will be transporting your most precious ‘cargo’ in these cars and the latest safety features should be included. Luckily, manufacturers know this and the most revered ones inevitably include them.
2. You Need A Reliable Car
You need your family car on a daily basis and if it breaks down often all other benefits are meaningless. What is the value of loads of space, great equipment and modern features if the car is in a workshop?
You will drive it every day and probably for a long time. This also means that fuel efficiency could be important.
Go for proven brands, proven engines and gearboxes and no-fuss tech features.
3. You Need A Car That You Can Service Easily And Quickly
Even the most reliable vehicles need to be serviced sometimes and a good brand service network and a brand that is common on our streets is a great idea. Also, vehicles with complicated electronic systems are not a good idea. You need a vehicle with high parts availability that can be fixed quickly and inexpensively.
In addition to this, bringing your car to an honest and reliable workshop will make things a lot easier too.
4. You Need An Affordable Vehicle
This, of course, depends on your budget, but make sure you buy a vehicle that you can well afford without stretching your finances. If there is any extravagance, it should be reserved for interior practicality and advanced safety features.
Luckily, well-established brands will offer many great features in middle-class cars, so you will be able to enjoy the most important features for a reasonable price.
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5. You Need A Car That Is Reasonably Spacious
Obviously, this feature is different for different families, but we will try to cover the most common sizes of family vehicles below. Also, depending on the type of your car, the interior should be as versatile as possible and easy to access.
If you opt for a car that is made by a common and renowned manufacturer, you should already have most of the requirements. For example, Honda and Toyota are famous for having reliable, practical and safe vehicles and they are reasonably common.
With such a wide availability all over the world, they also have the burden of competing with the rest of the industry in pretty much every segment of the automotive market, so they will offer all of the most common features and some extra in order to stand out from the crowd.
Now let us talk about the different sizes of family cars and some vehicles that tick all the boxes in each of the sizes.
If you don’t need loads of space, your best pick would be a hatchback. Even though they are officially smaller in dimensions than saloons, hatchbacks have boots connected to the rest of the cabin, their rear seats almost always split and fold for more space and their boot lids have huge openings.
Moreover, they are very common. Almost every non-specialized brand offers at least one hatchback in their lineup, but often even more than one. This also means that competitiveness between brands in this segment inevitably brings additional perks for buyers.
They are also easier to park than most saloons and pretty light so they can even provide some driving fun to go along with better fuel economy.
However, being at the very border of the family car size, you should make sure the boot is large enough for chunky baby stuff like prams. Make sure you test this before buying.
One of the best examples in this segment is the Honda Fit Hybrid. It packs a 1.5L engine paired with an amazing 7-speed DCT gearbox that ensures the official fuel consumption of 31.4 km/L. It is surprisingly fun to drive with direct steering feel, almost no body roll, instant torque delivery from the electric motor and a zippy dual-clutch gearbox.
More importantly, it has class-leading interior space and stunning versatility. Thanks to smart engineering solutions, leg and headroom in the back are incredible for a car of these dimensions. Rear seats even recline and if you opt for the Magic Seat feature, you can even carry cargo that no other hatchback can dream of fitting inside.
There are many great features on the Honda Fit Hybrid, but its incredibly versatile interior is definitely the one that will draw most family hatchback buyers.
If you do need something bigger but still sensible and affordable, an estate is the next step. The increase in dimensions translates to more interior space and a larger boot while still following the same practical philosophy. If there was ever a question if a pram can fit into your hatchback, there should be no such worry with a proper estate.
The class leading versatility of the Fit in the hatchback segment is carried over to its sibling in the form of the Honda Shuttle Hybrid. Being a higher class vehicle, aside from the increase in space, also adds more features and an Earth Dreams i-VTEC engine that provides the best mixture of pulling power and fuel economy thanks to its advanced systems but also an electric motor and the same 7-speed DCT gearbox seen in the Fit Hybrid.
The Magic Seat function that was optional on the Fit is standard across the range and the smart solutions like far forward engine placement and putting the petrol tank under the passenger seat offer unmatched spaciousness in a reasonably compact package.
In short, if you liked the smart and practical features of the Fit, but need more space for up to five passengers, the Shuttle should be your first pick.
However, if five seats are not enough, you need an MPV with seven. Unlike hatchbacks and even some estates which can be designed to serve other purposes, MPVs are designed specifically for driving families and loads of cargo around. This is why most of them have predictable, boxy bodies that are easy to navigate despite their size and loads of interior space and versatility.
An example of an MPV that ticks all the main boxes and definitely adds more features to stand out is the Toyota Noah Hybrid. Aside from the fuel efficient yet sufficiently powerful hybrid powertrain, the Noah offers unmatched interior practicality.
For example, rear doors slide open automatically for easier access in tight parking spaces. Getting into the third row of seats is also very easy thanks to sliding second-row seats that open up a huge entry space.
Need a bed? No problem. The second-row seats can also fold back and connect to the third row seats giving you bed length.
There is one problem with 7-seat vehicles. With all seven seats in use, you usually have very limited cargo room. This is where the Noah definitely stands out.
Even with seven people inside you get great boot space and all this in a vehicle that is only 4.7 m long and that has turning radius of just 5.5 m.
Toyota also takes great care of their passengers, so Safety Sense C is standard on this vehicle.
Now you should know what some of the most important features are for a family car and what makes some vehicles stand out from the rest. If you need more guidance while choosing your family car, or if you are looking for something in a different price range, feel free to contact us to help you choose the perfect car for your family.
If you get into an accident, there are a few things you need to do to make the stressful ordeal as easy as it can be. In Singapore, we have a very straightforward system that you need to get in motion and this article deals with most of the important steps.
Moreover, not completing some of these steps gives room to the insurance provider to decline any of your claims. Which is the last thing any driver wants in an accident.
Of course, not all accidents are the same and priorities may vary depending on the circumstances, but these are some of the general steps that you should take after an accident.
Here is what needs to be done before, during and after car accident reporting in Singapore.
1. Do Not Panic
As much as it is in your power, of course. It’s easier said then done if the accident is severe or if someone if badly injured.
If you are on a busy road, try to get to safety as soon as possible and help the injured. Traffic accident reporting is important, but helping the injured and preventing further injuries should be your top priority. If necessary, call the police and/or ambulance.
Once this has been taken care of, you can move on to the more formal steps, such as the next one.
2. Gather Information
The drivers need to exchange the most basic information including names and surnames, addresses, contact information such as phone numbers, respective insurance providers details and, of course, NRIC, or some form of identification number.
Also, make sure you write down the time, date and location of the accident.
3. Take Photos
Part of this information gathering process from step 2 is also getting some details regarding the accident itself. It is essential for a successful insurance claim. This means you should gather information and proof about how the accident happened, so moving the cars before getting this information is not a good idea.
You should take pictures of the accident before moving the vehicles. The photos should include license plates of all vehicles involved in the accident, the damages to the vehicles, any damaged property, as well as the surrounding area, including traffic signs, lane markings and similar.
This is to also ensure that the other driver does not further damage his car after the accident to lodge a bigger claim against you if you happen to be at fault.
Imagine you were explaining to someone how the accident happened and think about what scenes you would like that person to see to better understand your words and also from which angles you would like the person to see the scenes from. Try to make photos that best describe your explanation of how the accident happened.
Also, you can take photos of the personal documents of the other driver included in the accident.
Moreover, if you have a dash-cam in your car that recorded the accident, make sure you save the video. Most of these cameras automatically overwrite the content once their memory is full, so make sure you save the recording of the accident elsewhere. Make sure you get a good dash-cam that can film in HD and look clear at night.
Every bit of evidence helps especially when it comes down to an accident when it’s debatable who’s at fault.
4. Get the Insurance Provider Involved
Insurance providers probably have as much experience with car accidents and car accident reporting in Singapore as the police. This is why many of them are ready to use their knowledge and experience to help you when you get into an accident. They usually have a hotline number that you can call for some sound advice and even practical support such as a tow truck.
Speaking of which, you should make sure you have the hotline number before you actually need it, so make sure you ask around before you choose your insurance provider.
Aside from the mentioned, the hotline assistant should also give you information about the closest insurer approved reliable workshop to get an accurate quote for the repairs.
Lastly, this step can also save you a lot of hassle by making sure you avoid unauthorized towing companies and workshops. The last thing you need after an accident is more problems with such companies.
One point to note is that your premium will usually increase when you claim against your insurer. Try to settle privately with the other party if possible.
Check out our short video which shows you about the different insurance accident claims for greater clarity.
5. Report The Accident
A traffic accident report needs to be done within 24 hours after the accident to your insurer. In addition to this, car accident reporting in Singapore is obligatory for accidents that include pedestrians, cyclists, any government property and/or lead to injury or death. If you need any help with this, you can complete it in any police station and get all the necessary help.
It is worth noting that completing the report is not complicated, but the stress from the accident makes it difficult to concentrate on detailed paperwork.
6. Bring Your Vehicle To An Approved Workshop
If there are any damages to your car, it would be best to bring your car to a workshop that is approved by your insurer. There are some insurers that allow you to bring it to the workshop of your choice so double check with your insurer first.
By bringing it to an approved workshop, they will give you a reliable quote for the repairs. Some unapproved workshops might balloon the cost of repair for a quick profit which will then affect your premiums.
Lastly, remember that you should let the other driver gather all the same information as you. The whole traffic accident reporting and all that surrounds it is designed to provide all the necessary information to all the affected parties, as well as authorities and ensure that all of the subsequent actions are based on truthful, thorough and clear details for a fair resolution.
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Singapore has the highest global car ownership prices because of a multitude of taxes, purchasing costs, and administrative fees from the Land Transport Authority. The LTA is doing its best to reduce traffic by reducing the number of cars on the road through high ownership costs.
It is, unfortunately, a necessary evil to ensure proper traffic flow and lower pollution levels in Singapore.
In such an economic situation, people in Singapore are beginning to consider leasing as an alternative to traditional car ownership, because it can cut costs and red tape.
Car leasing in Singapore offers lower up-front costs and less administration. Singapore requires you bid on a COE (certificate of entitlement) against other people also seeking to buy cars, and the price of the COE is controlled by supply and demand economics in which there is a scarcity of cars!
And when demand outweighs supply, prices will naturally go up! The scarcity of COEs means that a certificate of entitlement can run you significantly more than you paid for the car itself!
We’ll compare the pros and cons of private car ownership against the pros and cons of leasing so that you can make informed decisions about transportation. Some of the pros and cons apply to car purchasing and leasing anywhere in the world, and some are specific to the regulations and economy of Singapore.
Pros and Cons of Private Car Ownership
Private ownership of cars in Singapore offers a number of pros and cons. Private ownership offers you the pride and freedom of your own car but it might be outweighed by the cons of heavy cost, regulation, and taxes.
- You can resell your car.
- The flexibility of not having to sign a rental agreement.
- You own the car, so you have greater freedom and control over customisations if you want to outfit your car with aftermarket accessories. (bodykits, exhausts, tune-ups, etc)
- The pride of owning your own car.
- You’re buying the car, so you can get any make and model you can find!
- Warranties that come with new cars will probably cover some service and some roadside assistance.
- Although you have to purchase a 10-year COE, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) offer a rebate back to you when you deregister your car with the Preferential Additional Registration Fee (PARF). This process helps get older cars off the road to reduce traffic caused by mechanical failures.
- You choose if and when to make repairs. Minor scratches and dents might have to be repaired on a lease per the agreement, but if you own the car, you decide when it goes to the shop.
Singapore’s cost of ownership for cars is estimated to be the highest in the world, with expensive import costs, high taxes, and a certificate of entitlement fees.
- Singapore has the highest global car prices
- Owning a car in Singapore can be incredibly expensive, far more expensive than owning a car in other places. One estimate places car ownership in Singapore at around $160,000 over 10 years.
- High COE prices:-
- The certificate is licensed by the government to limit the number of cars on the road at a time.
- The certificate is active for 10 years before requiring renewal.
- As in most places, Singapore car ownership will create interest payments (if you don’t pay for the car in full when you purchase) and insurance costs. Car ownership also requires paid parking, service costs, maintenance costs, and fuel costs. These extra expenditures drive up the cost of your car.
- Annual road tax and insurance costs
The Bottom Line
Purchasing a car in Singapore requires heavy upfront fees and administration work to certify the car and even legally get it on the road. Once it is on the road, you’ll be bleeding money for petrol, upkeep, insurance, fees, ERP, and road taxes. If money isn’t an option, however, purchasing a car will offer you greater freedom (and you won’t have a lease agreement).
You’ll notice that almost all of the cons to car purchasing are financial and administrative. Buying a car outright is the more expensive option. However, you can save on the hassle of the administration work of owning a car by leasing one.
Pros and Cons of Leasing
Car leasing in Singapore can be a great alternative to purchasing a car, especially if you’re put off by the high costs and administration processes. Leasing a car is a long term car rental process, in which the company is your intermediary between you and government regulation. The leasing company will cover certain fees and administrative tasks and costs associated with ownership.
- No huge cash deposit upfront, no downpayment required. Save the cash for monthly payments or other things!
- Some companies will provide transportation in the form of monthly lease payments. Your company may cover monthly lease payments for a car to cover transportation costs.
- Leased cars have designated repair workshops, and the company will help with the process.
- Generally less of a commitment than a purchased car. If you will be in Singapore a short time or are unsure how long you’ll be in Singapore, it might be more beneficial to just lease a car to save time and money.
- Leasing agencies will often help or entirely complete administrative tasks and costs.
- Insurance, road tax, servicing, repairs are often covered.
- Pick-up and drop-off services for maximum flexibility.
- If you’re worried about driving a clunky used car, don’t be! Many leasing agencies will give you the opportunity to lease a brand new car instead of a used car. Just because you don’t have every make and model available doesn’t mean you’ll be driving a rusty old car with a sign that says “Rental.”
- Comprehensive monthly rates. Instead of having to settle payment with different parties, everything is done via your car leasing company.
- If you don’t love the car you have, many leasing agencies provide you with the opportunity and freedom to upgrade. The lease grows with you! If you get a new job or promotion, upgrade the contract to reflect success. It’s easier to drive a nicer model with a lease than buying a new car every time you get a raise.
- 24hr roadside assistance and replacement vehicle options keep you on the move. Most leasing agencies will help you get back on the road as soon as you break down with roadside assistance and replacement vehicles.
- Less freedom on the makes and models that are available.
- Rental agreements signed to lease cars can be restrictive and lock you into contracts and payments.
- Rental terms and conditions are sometimes more restrictive than car ownership, stipulating conditions like “Singapore driving only” or even the names of people covered by insurance to drive the car.
- Rental car insurance excesses can increase when you take the car outside of Singapore, especially to Malaysia.
- Many lease agreements require you to make repairs to certain scratches and dents that you might avoid making on a car that you own.
The Bottom Line
If you will be in Singapore for a short time or are unsure how long you’ll be in Singapore, a lease is a great option. Leasing also consolidates payments and generally offers cheaper short term options. The bar for car purchasing is much more expensive than the entry rate for a lease.
If you don’t have the money to cover the high costs of purchasing a car in Singapore and want the flexibility of a lease (accepting some of the restrictions), car leasing in Singapore may be a great option.
At this point, you’ve seen that car leasing in Singapore and car purchasing in Singapore both offer some great pros and cons. The bottom line for both options will be cost and administration.
Purchasing a car in Singapore requires you to deal with car manufacturers and government regulations, making payouts to a variety of places. Car ownership in Singapore costs more than it does in any other place in the world! It does offer you the resale value of the car and the bonus you get from the government for taking it off the road.
If you have the financing capabilities and don’t mind the administration, purchasing gives you more freedom than a lease would.
Car leasing in Singapore offers you a consolidated monthly fee that covers a number of fees, administrative costs, and maintenance costs. Leasing generally offers a shorter commitment than purchasing does and can offer significantly lower up-front costs.
Weigh all your options and do a cost-benefit analysis before purchasing or leasing. The pros and cons in this article should get you off to a great start.
People around the world are becoming more mindful of how things we use every day affect our planet. We are realising that there are many things both big and small that we can do to help reduce our carbon footprint. Some of the ways we can help the environment involve recycling and reducing. But how about something bigger?
Making the switch to driving a hybrid car is an excellent step to take if you are looking to do more than just separate plastic and paper. There is a certain amount of misconception surrounding hybrid vehicles. Additionally, many people may feel that they do not have enough information on the benefits of driving a hybrid car.
Before we discuss the benefits of driving a hybrid car in Singapore, let’s take a look at what exactly is a hybrid car and how does it work. Once the facts are better understood, the benefits will become clearer.
What Is A Hybrid Car?
In the simplest form, a hybrid car uses an engine that is part petrol, and part green source, an electric motor. Both of these sources connect to the transmission. This way both parts can be used when it is most beneficial. The transmission can still be automatic, manual or CVT. Since the electric motor does some of the work some of the time, the car will automatically use less gas. Using less gas is better for your wallet and the environment.
How Does A Hybrid Car Work?
Hybrid cars are all manufactured with a high-voltage battery pack, separate from the conventional battery. The electricity is captured and used for driving when the car is braking. This happens through the use of a regenerative braking system.
When a car is being decelerated, there is typically energy that is lost in the form of heat. This energy is captured and used to fuel the car.
Benefits Of Driving A Hybrid Car
Now that we understand the basic principles of how a hybrid vehicle works, let’s take a look some of the benefits of driving a hybrid car in Singapore.
- The first benefit worth noting is that hybrid cars come in all different sizes. It is easy to find a model that meets your needs. If you have a big family or prefer a car with more cargo space, there is the Honda Shuttle Hybrid 1.5. Otherwise, most hybrid models will suit your needs.
- Great design of hybrid cars is another factor to consider. Since sustainability is a world-wide focus, companies spend a great deal on developing their hybrid cars. You can be assured that the hybrid car you choose, is up to date and contains the newest features in the interior and the exterior.
- Understandably, consumers are wary of the safety of the lithium-ion batteries. Car manufacturers have taken this into account when their hybrid car. Precautions are taken as to where the battery is placed, the cooling speed and the quality of the battery. This all ensures a seamless driving experience for the consumer.
- Since hybrid vehicles are the newest models, they contain the latest technology. This can include everything from smart temperatures sensors for climate control to wireless charging pads.
- There is a substantial rebate offered by the Land Transport Authority. From 2018 onwards, the Vehicular Emission Scheme offers rebates to consumers who purchase cars that emit less pollutants and hybrids tend to fall in this category. The amount of your VES rebate depends on the type of hybrid you purchase and how well it manages emissions. If you purchase a regular car, there’s a high chance of you having to pay a surcharge.
- Lower emissions mean cleaner air. Driving a hybrid means that your vehicle produces much less emissions. And lower emissions are the one thing we can do to help ensure the air we breathe is cleaner. Since hybrids can cut emissions by up to 90%, this means much less smog in the city. Plus driving our Honda Fit Hybrid 1.5 is a good, clean and fast way to get around town.
- The electric engines in a hybrid help keep maintenance costs down. The electric engines help to put less wear and tear on the engine This saves you maintenance costs since a hybrid vehicle can go for 100,000 miles before needing a tune-up.
- Driving a hybrid guarantees that you will have instant torque. This means that you do not have to wait for the engine to rev when you push on the gas, the electric motor ensures that your hybrid is always ready to go when you push the accelerator.
- Hybrid cars never idle and idling causes environmental issues This is because cities look to reduce their smog and air pollution. When you are driving a hybrid car and come to a stop, the engine automatically shuts off and switches to electric. In cities around the world, this is an effective way to combat emissions problems.
Since Singapore is one of the world’s most densely populated cities, we need to take the steps necessary to achieve and maintain optimal air quality. This is achieved by reducing emissions and eliminating smog.
Hybrid cars today are designed with an eye for detail and comfort. Since manufacturers are at the forefront of designing hybrids, they pay great attention to detail. Today’s hybrid cars are available in a variety of sizes to meet your needs. And the vehicles include great amenities such as smart temperature settings and wireless charging pads.
Driving a hybrid vehicle can be a huge step in combating air pollution. Hybrid cars use less gas, have better fuel consumption and when you stop, they switch from the gas engine to the electric one. This effectively shuts down emissions escaping into the air. Hybrid cars are never idling when they are stopped.
Buying a hybrid car is a pleasant experience and such cars have come a long way in terms of technology and design. There is a good range of models and styles available to choose from. With great maintenance records, fabulous designs and environmentally friendly engines, your city will thank you for choosing a hybrid.
Whether you are looking to save petrol costs or to reduce your carbon footprint, fuel consumption is a definite factor to consider. Driving is often a necessary part of our lives; we need to get to work, school, and appointments. And for most of us, this involves driving a car.
For driving in a crowded city like Singapore, this can make managing your fuel consumption a little bit trickier, but it can be done. There are many ways that you can be mindful of how you are driving and still get to where you need to be. Let’s take a look at some tips for better fuel consumption.
1. Be Gentle With Your Accelerator
One of the easiest ways to watch your fuel consumption is to ease off the accelerator. Often the instinct is to hit the accelerator when traffic starts to move.
This reflex is especially strong if you are driving in city traffic. City traffic is generally very ‘stop and go’. And there tends to be a lot of traffic when driving in the city.
It can be frustrating to be sitting in traffic and it takes twice as long to get to your destination.
When you hit the accelerator, it actually uses more fuel than if you were to gently and gradually accelerate. So, every time you put the “pedal to the metal” or “wack the accelerator, you are actually using more fuel than if you were to take a gradual acceleration approach.
You can use LTA’s fuel cost calculator to determine your car’s fuel consumption or the model that you plan to get.
2. Keep Your Speed Consistent
Along the same lines as gradually accelerating, is keeping your speed consistent. This makes sense because speed and acceleration are related.
Keeping a consistent speed is easier on your car and it prevents the slow down/speed up cycle, which uses more fuel.
Learn how to regulate your driving speed by easing off the accelerator and being a better judge of distance.
3. Make Sure Your Car Is Properly Maintained
City driving coupled with our hot weather puts a lot of stress on your car parts. Maintaining your car will help with better fuel consumption. Schedule regular visits to your trusted car workshop.
They will make sure your car is properly tuned, your tires are inflated to the correct pressure and your vehicle has the correct oil in it. All of these little things add up to big savings and better fuel consumption.
4. Drive A Hybrid Car
Idling your car is a terrible waste of fuel. If you are driving in a city, however, idling is very common. This is due to the sheer volume of traffic at intersections and at traffic lights and on the roads during peak hours. If you will be idling for a period of time, it is a good idea to turn your car off.
Since it is not always feasible to turn your car off at an intersection, perhaps you could drive a hybrid vehicle. Hybrid cars are designed to switch back and forth between battery and fuel when the car is idling or stopped at a light. A hybrid car will automatically help you use better fuel consumption.
5. Time The Traffic Lights
Starting from a complete stop takes a toll on your fuel. Unfortunately for Singapore, traffic lights are on almost 100m, creating a lot of stop and go.
Try to look ahead and time the lights when possible. If you see a red light, try to ease of the gas and let your car naturally low down. Then it might be possible to come to the light as it turns green and you can just keep going. If you can avoid coming to full stops and starts you will help your fuel consumption.
6. Check Your Air Filters
Air filters are crucial to engine performance. If your car’s air filters are dirty, then your engine will not run efficiently. This in turn negatively impacts your fuel consumption.
It is a good idea for you to learn how to clean your car’s air filter or know when to get it changed.
7. Drive A Manual
If you are really hardcore about saving petrol, try to drive a manual transmission car. Automatic transmissions are easy, but they are not efficient at changing gears. A manual transmission is more efficient at quickly shifting gears, therefore using less fuel.
It may require some practice on your part, but will be worth it once you have mastered a manual transmission car.
8. Watch Out For Extra Weight
You may have a car that can hold a lot of stuff, but that doesn’t mean you should pack it to the gills. Extra weight will just cause your car to have to work harder and ultimately use more gas.
Some cars come with a spare tyre in the boot but most will take it out to save weight and call a tow truck if they have a bad puncture.
Changing a flat by the roadside is very hard work.
9. Make Sure Your Fuel Cap Is Tight
We often don’t think about our fuel cap, except when it comes time to pop it open. Make sure your gas cap is tightly sealed. This prevents air from entering your engine When there is air in your engine, your car will have to work harder and you will be increasing your fuel consumption.
10. Plan Out Your Drive
This is a simple but effective way to watch your fuel consumption. Before dashing out the door, take a few minutes to think about where you need to go. If you have multiple stops, try to plan them in an organised manner that has you driving the least.
Use a GPS that can also report areas of traffic congestion so that you can avoid it.
11. Go Easy With The Air Con
As drivers, we know it’s a horrible feeling to be in a car that is warm and humid hence it is important to have a nice and cool cabin.
That being said, you don’t have to fully blast your air con to keep it cool. All this does is burn up petrol even faster.
A comfortable temperature of 24/25 degrees is sufficient for a comfortable driving experience. Using the climate control function also allows better regulation of internal temperature.
12. Cruise On
Using your cruise control function makes a lot of good sense and will help you to use fuel wisely. Setting your cruise control will ensure that you maintain an even and consistent speed. This makes it easier on your engine.
Cruise control works well when you are driving on the expressway or long stretches of road with little traffic.
13. Head For The Shade
Parking your car in the shade can help minimise the vaporisation of fuel when it is hot out. Plus, you won’t burn your legs when you get back in your car.
These are just a few easy tips that will help you manage your car’s fuel consumption. Try and incorporate some of these ideas next time you are behind the wheel. And better fuel consumption will help your wallet and the planet.