By Denna Bowman
The recession is driving motorists to carry out basic maintenance checks, like testing tyres pressure, to make their cars more fuel efficient, according to a global survey.
Vehicle owners are following guidelines including making sure their car tyres are properly inflated, removing roof racks and checking fuel cap seals in a bid to save money at the pumps.
The findings came from a survey by oil company Shell, which polled 300 motorisists in Singapore, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Malaysia, Germany and the Netherlands.
Three quarters of all the motorists polled said that they were more conscious about fuel efficiency in the last 12 months than in 2007, when only a quarter admitted it was an issue.
In Singapore 77% of drivers – 18% up on 2007 – said they were taking note of the number of kilometres their cars were getting out of each litre of fuel.
Shell concluded that the economy and higher fuel prices last year played a major part in motorists wanting to squeeze more mileage from every litre.
Other tips for achieving maximum value for money at the pump include avoiding excess weight inside vehicles and planning trips to make routes more cost-effective.