DOE: Practice these 18 fuel-saving tips to deal with price hikes

We're not completely helpless. We hope
by Drei Laurel | Oct 7, 2018
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It doesn't look like local fuel prices are going to stabilize any time soon. It's a bummer, but the Philippine government has already said it's doing everything it can to come up with a solution.

"So what now? All we can do is sit and wait?" Not exactly, but you can if you want to. For those who aren't content with shelling out a premium every time they make a trip to the fuel station, the Department of Energy (DOE) has a few tips that it says will help make the situation a little more bearable.

Check them out below.

When buying petroleum products:

1) Ask around and look for the best quality, price, and service.

2) Fill up when your gas tank is already half-empty.

3) Buy gasoline during the coolest time of the day (early morning or evening).

4) Compare the price on the dispensing pump with the "Price Display Board" prominently displayed to ensure price match.

5) Make sure the pump dials are reset to zero before you allow the gas attendant to start dispensing gas.

6) Check if the price per liter remains the same throughout the pumping process.

7) Check your vehicle manual to ensure that the petroleum product being used is appropriate.

8) Always ask for and check the official receipt of the sold fuel products—this will serve as your proof of purchase in case problems arise after the transaction.

When using petroleum products:

1) Plan your trip, including the number of passengers, route, and traffic considerations.

2) Turn off all power-consuming accessories before turning off the ignition. This action will minimize engine load the next time you start up.

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3) Avoid idling for more than 30 seconds.

4) Observe and maintain the speed limit in order to anticipate stops and ensure safety.

5) Adjust your driving habits to changing road conditions (example: rough and narrow roads).

6) Accelerate slowly on gravel or slippery roads.

7) Take advantage of rolling resistance rather than heavy braking to help slow you down. This deceleration technique is one of the best for fuel saving.

8) Avoid unnecessary steering-wheel movement or swerving since each sideward movement of the tire causes fuel-consuming drag.

9) Avoid tailgating, for this reduces your chances for planning economic modes of driving.

10) Remember that revving the engine just before turning off the ignition costs extra fuel and may cause engine damage.

Remember, guys: Just because we're not bigwig oil-industry players or filthy stinking rich doesn't mean we're helpless. If you own a car, a little restraint with the pedal and some common sense will do wonders for your fuel economy.

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