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Feb 10

Posts: 28

bluepear53 says:

Petrol Saving Tip

A short while ago I received an e-mail from a friend forwarding a piece of advice from a worker at the Marian Hill Pipeline, Durban.

He says 'My line of work is in petroleum and has been for about 31 years now. So here are 3 tips to get more of your money's worth for every litre.'

1. Only buy or fill up your car in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold.

Remember that all Service Stations have their storage tanks buried beneath the ground. The colder the ground, the more dense the fuel. When it gets warmer petrol expands, so buying in the afternoon or evening your litre is not exactly a litre.

2. When you are filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode. If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages; low, middle and high. In slow mode you should be pumping on low speed, thereby minimising the vapours that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapour return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes into your tank becomes vapour. Those vapours are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you're getting less worth for your money.

3.One of the most important tips is to fill up when your tank is HALF FULL.
The reason for this is, the more fuel you have in you tank, the less air occupying its empty space. Petrol evaporates faster than you can imagine

Lena West Yorkshire

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Jun 09

Posts: 2

gerrya says:

Re: Petrol Saving Tip

Would any of  these tips still apply to diesel?

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Mar 07

Posts: 5816

Sheevee says:

Re: Petrol Saving Tip

OH says they should apply to diesel as it is heavier than petrol.

Sheevee Buddy: Cabriole (Carole) Fond memories of "Josephine" a real cool buddy

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Annie Oakley


Nov 08

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Annie Oakley says:

Re: Petrol Saving Tip

Thanks for this tip Lena sounds good to me.    Carol

Better to wear out than to rust out.

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Nov 06

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Sally says:

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Thanks Lena, these sound good tips, I will pass them on too.


Margaret South Wales

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Dec 11

Posts: 5

dprice says:

Re: Petrol Saving Tip

The best petrol saving tip I could give is using a driving style that help saves it. Avoid sudden acceleration as those few extra push you do, actually costs more petrol. Though this does not apply to most, beating the red light uses up more petrol as well because you need the extra speed to get to the other side, you step on the gas pedal a little harder.

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