Fuel Tips Video Transcript
John: Hello, and welcome to FuelStretch Driver's Guide. I'm John.
Helen: And I'm Helen. Over the next few minutes we are going to share with you the Shell FuelStretch tips, to show you how you can get the most out of your car and its fuel.
John: We've been travelling the world talking to people about the FuelStretch driving experience. Last year we set the Guinness World Record for fuel efficiency by driving around the world with Shell. If you use Shell fuel economy formula products and follow the Shell FuelStretch Tips, whether you're driving a small or large car, petrol or diesel, you could make a fuel saving of 10% or more.
Helen: So standby while we demonstrate the Shell top tips for FuelStretch driving.
Tip 1: Fuel Matters
John: Not all fuels are the same. Fuel economy is maximized through a combination of good driving habits and using the right fuel, one designed to improve fuel efficiency. We chose Shell gasoline for our World Record attempt for exactly that reason. Shell products and their fuel economy formula, are designed to give you extra miles at no extra cost, and the same goes for lubricants. If you use the recommended grade of motor oil, your engine will work more efficiently, and you'll stretch your fuel.
Tip 2: Drive Smoothly
Helen: Driving aggressively uses more fuel, so relax. Steer smoothly, keep the revs low, and don't accelerate or break too hard. It is also important to remember that your engine uses less fuel in a higher gear. So change up when you can without labouring the engine. If you start driving the FuelStretch way, you will soon notice a difference in the fuel consumption.
Tip 3: Avoid Over-Revving
John: If you're pulling away from the lights, there is no need for fast acceleration. By accelerating smoothly and changing gears in good time, you could make a great FuelStretch saving.
John: Look at the difference between our techniques. The other driver is over revving, driving too fast, and wasting a tremendous amount of fuel. Helen is taking off nice and gently, smooth driving, and she's totally relaxed. She'll probably catch him at the next set of lights anyway.
Tip 4: Check Your Tyres
Helen: An easily over looked tip is here, with your tires. A tire under inflated by just 1 PSI can starkly reduce your fuel efficiency.
Helen: Quickly inflated tires are also safer, last longer, and are less susceptible to failing. So get in the habit of checking your tire pressure regularly.
Tip 5: Slow Down
John: Speed is a huge factor when it comes to fuel economy. The faster you drive, the more wind resistance, and the harder you have to work your engine. Driving just 5mph over the speed limit can dramatically increase your fuel consumption.
Tip 6: Tune and Service Your Engine
John: A well tuned engine really makes a difference and stretches fuel consumption. So be sure to follow your manufacturer's recommendations on servicing. A clogged air filter can drastically increase fuel consumption, replacing it will improve your economy.
Tip 7: Take the Roof Rack Off
Helen: If you're not using your roof rack, then we recommend you take it off. At high speeds, the roof rack can affect the aerodynamic efficiency of your vehicle, and create drag. This could affect your fuel economy.
Tip 8: Avoid Carrying Excess Weight
Helen: Carrying excess weight uses more energy.
John: So take out everything you don't need in a car: baby seats, golf clubs, and keeping the passenger seat free helps too.
Tip 9: Use Air Conditioning Sparingly
Taxi Driver: Hello, would you like air-conditioning?
Helen: No, thank you.
Helen: Air conditioning is a luxury that puts added strain on the engine, so try limiting its use to particularly hot or cold days, and on temperate days, just use the fan.
John: Or wind down a window. Whilst you might lose some fuel efficiency through aerodynamics, it is far more economical than using the air conditioner.
Tip 10: Avoid Excess Idling
Helen: Modern cities are often clogged with traffic, especially during rush hour. If you can travel outside of peak times, do so. You will spend less time in the traffic and consume less fuel as a result.
John: And if you're waiting for someone, turn your engine off. Idling gets you nowhere but still burns fuel.
Helen: Well that's it, our top ten FuelStretch tips.
John: Let's do a quick recap.
1. Fuel matters
2. Drive smoothly
John: Secondly, drive smoothly. Keep calm, and remember to use high gears without labouring the engine.
3. Avoid over-revving
Helen: Next, avoid over revving.
4. Check your tyres.
John: Check your tyres.
5. Slow down
Helen: Slow down.
6. Tune and service your engine.
John: Tune and service your engine, and remember to check your air filters.
7. Take the roof rack off.
Helen: Take the roof rack off.
8. Avoid carrying excess weight.
John: Avoid carrying excess weight.
9. Use air-conditioning sparingly.
Helen: Use air-conditioning sparingly.
10. Avoid excess idling
John: And lastly, avoid excess idling.
Helen: If you are able to remember even a few of these tips, you'll start to notice a real difference in your fuel consumption.
John: Maybe you'll even challenge our world record one day