Singapore is well-known for many things…among them is the astronomical prices of cars. While that has helped to curb colossal traffic jams, it is a major financial expense for families with children who find having a car is quite essential – not only for the convenience of bringing us to far-flung places locally and bringing the extended family out for meals but more importantly, for those emergencies, particularly during bad weather or peak ‘got money no taxi’ periods.
So while we know that owning a car in Singapore is costly, inefficient driving makes it worse. Moreover, urban driving conditions – with the many junctions, assorted vehicles all cramped into popular routes and the occasional middle-East conflicts does make budgeting for weekly fuel expenses challenging. How do we manage these? What can we do daily to make the fuel work harder and travel further for us?
Recently, I attended a Shell Fuelsave Workshop on fuel efficiency. Before that, I must add that I’m a 2nd generation Shell patron – I’m not sure what fuel my grandfather used in the kampong…but as far as I can remember, my parents had always make their fuel pit stops at the ‘red and gold shellfish’ stations, now the tradition continues with me.
At the workshop, I was impressed to learn the following approaches Shell employs to save fuel:
1. Everyday Empowerment
At the heart of it, your car engine has to weather some really extreme conditions to bring you to places. Singapore’s climate doesn’t make it any easier. Deposits and sediments accumulated over time chokes the engine, makes it work harder but not necessarily better. It’s like running a marathon with a bad flu – you’re going somewhere but suffering along the way. Shell fuels have ingredients to clean and lubricate the engine valves and pistons so as to reduce and remove these harmful deposits in your car’s engine. Better still, as a testament to Shell’s mission, these ingredients are made available in the common 95 and 98 octane fuel used by most vehicles – how’s that for giving power to the people.
2. Changing Mindset, Changing Behaviour
Through advertisements, posters and collateral available all Shell stations island wide, drivers are reminded about valuable fuel-saving tips. They also provide free Log Cards for drivers to monitor their fuel efficiency at every Shell station. Annually, as part of their international movement, Shell Singapore runs the ‘Fuel Save Challenge‘ where drivers are educated further and challenged to save.
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Click here to get more practical, do-able Fuel-saving tips from Shell.
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In addition to the useful fuel-saving tips shared on the Shell website, stay tuned for our 2nd post where I’ll share my very own unique everyday fuel-saving tips for urban driving.
Meanwhile, Drive Safe. Drive. Save!