Studies have shown that there is one car for every four people in Saudi Arabia. KSA is known for its collection of luxury cars for cruising on the streets to 4 x 4’s for getting into desert. There is a car for every purpose in KSA and the demand is going to increase on a big scale by 2030. From various surveys conducted it was identified that there were about 12 million cars by the end of 2014 and this is expected to be 25 million in 2030 which is about 108% increase. It is important to educate the motorist about ways to save their expense on fuel following few easy steps.
Cars use more fuel when the weight in the cabin and boot has increased. It is advice that all the idle items which are in the cabin or the boot should be removed immediately such. This will allow the car to produce better mileage and save fuel. Every 90 Kg of weight reduces 1.6 kilometers
Turn off Engine
If the car is going to stay still for more than one minute it is recommended to turn off the engine when the car is not in use. This is a commonly found practice in the Middle East due to weather conditions but it causes fuel wastage. An average grade car would use 0.02L fuel per minute when standing idle.
Getting the car serviced regularly is not only important for changing oils and filters but it also helps to identify if the car is having any technical issue. The foremost sign is when there is a change in cars performance in terms of fuel consumption recorded on fuel gauge meter.
The car’s tires are one of the most important part to the regularly monitored. Ensuring the right PSI in tires can have major impact on the car as it reduced the load off the engine and helps the car run more smoothly. This in turn produces better mileage. Usually around 35 PSI but changes from car and tires.
The common delusion for many motorist is when the speed of the car is reduced it consumes less fuel. This is not correct as the car needs more energy as at lower speed the car is running on lower gears and to those gears more fuel is required. The ideal speed to drive without any waste in fuel consumption is 80 km/h (49.7 mph).
Shut the windows
When the car is running at a speed more than 40 km/h with windows rolled down, it automatically creates a drag trying to slow down the car. The car in turn used more energy than required to keep to maintain the speed leading to increase in fuel use
Currently the fuel rate in Saudi Arabia is 0.60 SAR/Liter and from a study conducted in 2012, it was identified that 78% of Saudi Arabia’s residents above the age of 15 year old own a car.