Residents in Dubai have seen recently the 24% fuel price increase but what essentially does it mean?
In simple terms, if your vehicle has a petrol engine the price per liter and therefore per fuel station visit will be more AED spent per fuel tank filling.
In straight forward costs, filling a car with a 40 liter fuel tank will increase in cost from 69AED to 86AED, a fuel tank of 60 liters will be AED103 to AED128, and a vehicle with a 90 liter tank will be AED155 to AED193.
How we use this fuel is entirely up to us, lead right foot or feather right foot, the end user, you, and ultimately the driver or operator of the fuel burning unit. From the air conditioning setting in your car to the speed of the vehicle, how we drive has a direct impact on the MPG, L/100k, K/liter etc.
The industry standard on vehicle fuel consumption, is split into categories, urban, extra urban and motorway. Driving a constant 100kph where permitted will use the optimum fuel for the vehicle. Driving to the max permissible road speed limit, in large less aerodynamic vehicles requires the engine to work in the least economical performance. Think of you cycling with a newspaper in front of you and how much more effort is required to peddle... This equates directly to how much extra fuel is required to be used when requiring your vehicle to increase in speed over and above its economical parameters.
A simple test, the journey you undertake to and from work, shopping, malls etc, adjust your speed to 10kph less than usual. Between lights, ease the accelerator rather that harsh acceleration, especially if you can see the lights in front red, no point in harsh stop-starting, accounting for a 20% increase in fuel compared to easing up to the lights.
Many of you have seen the popular UK TV car program Top Gear. The team have regularly tested petrol and diesel engined vehicles to their best fuel usage. From these road tests a single common thread is understood, smoother driving and less harsh engine demands resulted in better fuel economy.
The reality is, driving fast and consuming more fuel results in filling the tank sooner, and as most of us fill the tank during the day, invariably one has to queue.. So for the speed merchants they will spend more time in queues for higher petrol consumption, burning more petrol to run the air con while in the station queue, and losing time in arriving at the destination, while for the sedate among us will have more time travelling and not stuck in fuel garages.Note an old saying, the light that burns twice as bright burns half as long.
Christina @ ExpatWoman.com