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Fuel-saving tips: How to save on fuel costs

CEBU CITY, Philippines—In an era of rising fuel prices and environmental concerns, saving money on fuel is not only beneficial for your wallet but also for the planet. 

Whether you’re driving a gas-guzzler or an eco-friendly hybrid around the busy streets of Cebu, there are plenty of strategies you can employ to stretch your fuel budget further. 


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Here are some fuel-saving tips to help you not only save on money but also do your part in saving Mother Earth:

Maintain your vehicle

Just in case you don’t know this, yup, vehicles need regular maintenance, especially in our warm climate here in Cebu. It is crucial for fuel efficiency. Keep your engine tuned, ensure proper tire pressure, and replace air filters as recommended. A well-maintained vehicle operates more efficiently and consumes less fuel.

Drive smoothly

Aggressive driving habits such as rapid acceleration and abrupt braking (like how most drivers do it in the city, ugh!) can significantly decrease fuel efficiency. Drive smoothly, accelerate gradually, and anticipate stops to minimize unnecessary fuel consumption. Patience is the key!

Observe speed limits

Driving at high speeds increases aerodynamic drag, leading to higher fuel consumption. So the next time you are at the Cebu South Coastal Road (if it’s not one of those days when traffic is almost at standstill), try statying within the speed limit. Remember, obeying speed limits not only enhances safety but also helps conserve fuel. 

Avoid idling

What is idling? It’s when your engine is running but you’re just parked. Why is this bad? It’s because this practice consumes fuel without any productive output. If you anticipate being stationary for more than a minute, consider turning off your engine. Modern engines restart efficiently, and this practice can save a noticeable amount of fuel over time. Plus, you’s minimize carbon output in avoiding idling.  

Plan efficient routes

Minimize travel distance and avoid congested routes whenever possible. Utilize navigation apps to find the most fuel-efficient routes, considering factors such as traffic conditions and elevation changes.

Lighten your load

Extra weight in your vehicle means your engine must work harder, leading to increased fuel consumption. Remove unnecessary items from your trunk and roof rack to improve fuel efficiency.

Use air conditioning wisely

So this might be difficult to do here in Cebu. Air conditioning can significantly impact fuel consumption, especially at higher speeds. So if the weather is kinda good, try using your air conditioner  sparingly. Consider using the vehicle’s flow-through ventilation system when conditions allow.

There you have it! Take note of these fuel-saving tips so you can effectively reduce your fuel expenses and minimize your carbon footprint. 

Remember that even small changes in driving habits and vehicle maintenance can add up to substantial savings over time. Embracing a more fuel-efficient lifestyle benefits both your wallet and the planet in the long run.

Happy driving!

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