15 effective ways to manage fuel consumption during economic hardship

Angela James
Angela James
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As of January 2024, the average price of gasoline in Nigeria was N668.30 per liter.

Since the hike in fuel petrol price, Nigerians have been seeking means to economise the use of petrol, especially for those driving cars.

During economic hardships, managing fuel efficiently becomes crucial to reduce expenses and maintain financial stability.

Implementing the below listed fuel management tips can help individuals and businesses navigate economic hardships by reducing fuel costs and increasing overall efficiency.

Here are 15 effective fuel management tips to economising fuel:

1. Regular vehicle maintenance:
Ensure your vehicle is well-maintained with regular tune-ups, oil changes, and air filter replacements. A well-maintained vehicle operates more efficiently and consumes less fuel.

2. Air Conditioning usage:
Use air conditioning sparingly as it can increase fuel consumption. When driving at lower speeds, consider opening windows for ventilation.

3. Proper tire maintenance:
Keep tires properly inflated and aligned. Under-inflated tires increase fuel consumption, so check and maintain the correct tire pressure regularly.

4. Drive smoothly:
Avoid aggressive driving behaviors such as rapid acceleration and sudden braking. Smooth driving helps optimize fuel efficiency.

5. Limit idling time:
Turn off your engine when idling for an extended period. Idling consumes fuel without providing any mileage.

6. Consolidate trips:
Plan your errands efficiently to combine multiple trips into one. This reduces overall mileage and saves fuel.

7. Use public transportation:
Explore public transportation options whenever possible. Public transit can be more fuel-efficient and cost-effective than individual vehicle usage.

8. Choose fuel-efficient vehicles:
If you have the option, choose a fuel-efficient vehicle when purchasing or renting. Consider hybrids or electric vehicles for even greater fuel savings.

9. Monitor fuel prices:
Keep an eye on fuel prices and take advantage of lower prices by filling up when costs are more favorable.

10. Lighten your load:
Remove unnecessary items from your vehicle, as extra weight can decrease fuel efficiency. Only carry essentials to optimize fuel consumption.

11. Plan routes:
Plan your routes in advance to avoid traffic congestion and take the most direct path. Using GPS apps with real-time traffic updates can help you choose the best routes.

12. Drive at optimal speeds:
Driving at consistent, moderate speeds can improve fuel efficiency. Avoid excessive speeding, which can significantly reduce gas mileage.

13. Use fuel-efficient driving Apps:

Utilise smartphone apps that provide feedback on your driving habits and offer tips for improving fuel efficiency.

14. Educate drivers:

If you manage a fleet of vehicles, educate drivers on fuel-efficient driving practices. Offer incentives for fuel-saving achievements to encourage responsible behavior.

15. Car pooling:
Consider carpooling or ride-sharing with colleagues or neighbors. Sharing a ride reduces individual fuel consumption and lowers overall transportation costs.

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