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15 Ways to Make Your Car Fuel Last Longer

Car Fuel Lasting Longer is the desire of every vehicle/car owner. This article will help you better your fuel consumption and make your vehicle more fuel efficient. So, if you actually want to know to ways to Make Your Car Fuel Last Longer and Maximize Fuel Economy; continue reading…..

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Petrol is becoming more and more expensive! We can’t do anything about the price of fuel but we can offer you tips on how to maximize your car’s fuel economy to help it last longer.

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My line of work has been in petroleum for about 31 years now.  At the Marian Hill Pipeline where I work in Durban we deliver about 4 million litres in a 24-hour period through the pipeline.  One day is diesel; the next day is jet fuel, and petrol, LRP and Unleaded.  We have 34-storage tanks with a total capacity of 16,800,000 litres and fuel consumptions rate have been on increase.

Many car owners get worried over the high rate of their car fuel consumption. Some blame their car for the default even when it is not the fault of the car. So, if you’re one of those whose car consumes fuel more than you expect, follow the below tips to maximize your fuel economy.

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To get more of your money’s worth for every litre of fuel you purchased, here are tips to make your maximize your fuel consumption and make your fuel last longer.

Ways to make your car fuel last longer/maximize fuel economy

  1. Buy/ fill up your car’s fuel tank only in the early morning.

All service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. Buy or fill up your car’s fuel tank only in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold.  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 one degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business.  But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

  1. Don’t squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to fast mode

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 vapour that is created while you are pumping.  All hoses at the pump have a vapour return.  If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapour.  Those vapours are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you’re getting less worth for your money.

  1. Fill up your fuel tank when your tank is HALF FULL.

This is one of the most important tips to make your fuel last longer. The reason for this is because the more fuel you have in your tank the less air is 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, here where I work every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every litre is actually the exact amount.

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  1. DO NOT fill up if there is fuel truck pumping fuel into storage tanks

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 on the bottom.  The dirt does not burn rather it it block the fuel nozzle. So, it will be very necessary to avoid buying fuel when the truck is offloading fuel on the storage tank in the petroleum filling station.

  1. Carryout Basic maintenance regularly

Keep your car well maintained and serviced occasionally. Pump up your tyres to reduce resistance and get the car serviced regularly. Service your car’s injector when necessary. When you allow your car fuel to finish, it will suck particles and dirt. These block the injector and increase the fuel consumption. Servicing the car injector will to reduce fuel consumption rate and enhance fuel flow rate.

  1. Avoid carrying weight objects

Remove excess weight from your car. Take unnecessary bulky items out of the car because if you drive with them, they drag the car back and hence increase the fuel consumption

  1. Minimize drag

External carriages such as roof boxes or bike racks whenever they aren’t being used should be removed. They forces the car to work harder to cut through the air due to the extra wind resistance such items create.

  1. Turn off AC

Always turn off the AC unless it really cold or uncomfortably warm in the car. Using it can put a strain on the car engine and burn more fuel than expected, especially at low speeds. The same goes for heated windscreens, demisters and other electrical appliances that are on when driving.

  1. Be Gentle and Change up early

Be gentle and change gear early. Accelerate and brake gently, and change to a higher gear as soon as possible. As a general guide, change up before 2000rpm in a diesel and 2500rpm in a petrol, without letting the engine struggle at low revs.

  1. Always Obey speed limits

Stick to the speed limits always. Research shows that doing 80mph uses up to 25% more fuel than doing 70mph.

  1. Be alert and Use gravity

Be alert! Look far ahead while driving and keep moving where possible by anticipating obstacles. Easing off the throttle and keeping momentum is better than speeding up, braking and then starting all over again.

Other ways Make Your Car Fuel Last Longer

  1. Take it easy on the pedal

Try not dragging or forcefully match the pedal when driving. It can suck up lot of fuel in the process. Match the pedal easily.

  1. Inflate those tires to the correct pressure

Over inflation or under inflation of the car tire’s pressure can increase the fuel consumption. It is recommended that you ensure your car tires are inflated to the correct pressure.

  1. Stick to the motor oil recommended by your vehicle manufacturer

This is often neglected. However, it is vital you stick to the motor oil recommended by the vehicle manufacturer as this does not only affect fuel consumption but it also the overall maintained of the car.

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  1. Monitor the Speedometer

Hope this will help you get the most value for your money while your fuel last longer.

Teaching Job Application Letter (with Examples)

Are you about to apply for a post of secondary or primary school teacher in Nigeria and you don’t know how to go about writing the letter of application for the teaching position? Here is a sample of an application letter for the post of a teacher that will guide you towards writing your own letter.

The below sample of application letters for the post of a teacher will serve as a template for writing your own  application letter or cover letter for teaching position in any school. Edit it appropriately to create your own application letter. If you submit a good job application letter; it will increase your chances of being called for an interview.

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Sample I of Application Letter for the Post of a Secondary school Teacher

                             No. 37 Lagos Street,
                             Ogui Urban,
                             Enugu State.
                             28th November, 2018.

The Principal,
National Grammar School,
Nike,
Enugu.

Dear Sir,

      APPLICATION FOR TEACHING POSITION
I write to apply for teaching position in your school. I am interested in being one of your school teachers.

I am well qualified and would be an asset to the school because of my experience working as a teacher of English Language at Girls Grammar School, Nike.

I have worked as a middle school teacher as well as camp direct curriculum that meets the need of students. I enjoy teaching students and helping them build confidence in their abilities. In addition, I have computer skills that will be an asset when developing class project.

It is my goal to combine my range of experience to make a positive contribution in English Language to your school. I would welcome an interview and hope to hear from you at your earliest convenience.

Yours faithfully,

John Nzem.

 The above sample of application letter for a teaching position could be edited for secondary school teaching job.

Sample II of Application Letter for the Post of a Primary school Teacher

                       No 25 Kofo Abayomi Avenue,
                       Apapa,
                       Lagos State.
                       28th November, 2018.




The Headmaster,
Royal International Nursery and Primary School,
Apapa,

Dear Sir,

APPLICATION FOR POST OF A CIVIC EDUCATION TEACHER
I write to apply for post of a Civic Education teacher in your school. I am interested in being one of your teachers.

I graduated from Enugu State College of Education with upper credit in Civic Education. I am well qualified and would be an asset to your school because of my wealth of experience working as a Civic Education Teacher at Divine Grace Nursery and primary School, Nkpo.

I have worked as an auxiliary headmistress. I enjoy teaching pupils and helping them build self esteem.  In addition, I have computer skills that will be an asset when developing class project.

It is my desire to combine my range of experience to make a positive change in Civic Education in your school. I would welcome an interview from you.

Hope to hear from you soonest.

Yours faithfully,

Mike Ejim.

 The above sample of application letter for a teaching position could be edited for primary school teaching job.

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PARTS OF THE APPLICATION LETTER FOR TEACHING POSITION

Let’s us look at the various parts of the application letter above;

  • Your address and date of your application

Example use above is;

No. 37 Lagos Street,

Ogui, Enugu State.

28th November, 2018.

  • Your receiver’s address

 The receiver’s address could be any of the below examples;

The Principal,

National Grammer School,

Nike, Enugu.

Or

The Headmaster,

Amuvi community primary school,

Amuvi-Arochukwu.

Or

The Headmistress,

Johnbull primary school,

Ikeja.

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  • The salutation

Examples are;

Dear Sir/Madam

Or

Sir/Madam

  • Title of the Application Letter

 The title of your application letter should contain the position you’re applying for

Examples are;

  • Application for Post of an English Teacher
  • Application for Post of a Physical and Health Education Teacher
  • Application for Post of a Civic Education Teacher

If you just need a teaching position; you can use an open application letter title such;

  • Application for Post of a Teaching Position

Body of letter

 The body of your application letter should contain;

  • Introduction
  • Work experiences
  • Strengths, achievements that are in line with the position you’re applying for and what you intend to achieve if given the position you applied for.

The body of your application letter has to show that you’re fit for job.

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  • The Closing

Yours faithfully,

Mike Ejim.

Or

Yours sincerely,

Mike Ejim.

 To conclude, you can now write application letter for any teaching job in Nigeria with the above samples and format.