PETROL / GAS saving tips

Every drop matter.....

How and when you fill up your vehicle with Gas/Petrol makes a lot of difference!

With the continual increase in the fuel and petrol prices; and the news everyday hinting toward yet another increase, everyone is starting to feel the pinch.

Here are simple tips, received via e-mail, which you can implement next time when you fill up; to save yourself a bit of cash!


Buy or fill up your vehicles early in the morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the fuel, when it gets warmer petrol expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening….your litre is not exactly a litre.

In the petroleum business, the specific gravity and the temperature of the petrol, diesel and jet fuel, ethanol and other petroleum products plays an important role. A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

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 your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Petrol evaporates faster than you can imagine. Petroleum storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the petrol and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation. Unlike service stations, at fuel pipelines, every truck that is loaded is temperature compensated so that every litre is actually the exact amount.

If there is a fuel truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy, DO NOT fill up – most likely the petrol/diesel is being stirred up as the fuel is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles at the bottom.

When you’re filling up yourself, do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode all at once. 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 minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you’re getting less worth for your money.

In addition; ride-sharing, using public transport, walking / cycling where ever possible or moving home closer to the work place is also a better idea to consider.


One Response

  1. My dad’s car doesn’t have gas and he wants to save money as well. My uncle suggested having petroleum service and shared this article with him. It says that one important tip is to fill up when the tank is already half empty.

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