Union Oil Minister M. Veerappa Moily’s suggestion to keep petrol bunks closed at night as part of the government’s austerity measures may have come in for flak and no little ridicule.
There are, however, other simple means for vehicle users to save fuel.
The Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) has offered tips on fuel-saving, “good driving habits”.
Beginning with regular maintenance of vehicles, the PCRA recommends keeping the engine healthy, as it can save up to six per cent fuel, as well as regular servicing at every 5,000 kilometres.
Keeping the tyres well inflated, using the recommended grade of oil, and cleaning the air filter regularly are other suggestions from the association.
As for driving tips, the PCRA advocates maintaining speed of 45-55 km per hour, avoiding sudden braking and congested roads, reducing unnecessary luggage in the vehicle, and driving in the right gear.
R.K. Arora, executive director of the Karnataka State office of Indian Oil Corporation, said it was important to make consumers aware of the need to save fuel, as India does not generate fuel, it can only import it.
“Simple steps such as carpooling, using bicycles or walking for short distances and using public transport whenever possible can be taken.
People are critical about price rise, but we also need to correct ourselves by reducing fuel consumption as the prices are not really in our hands,” he said.
Petroleum Conservation Research Association offers tips on
fuel-saving, ‘good driving habits’.