Shell Study Reveals Pinoy Drivers Become Skilled Fuel Savers

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While some have notorious driving habits there are also a lot who have been always courteous on the road. Some refuel once a week, others gas up only when their tank is near empty, while some consistently check the kilometers per liter that their car gets. One thing is common among them though: they all want to save fuel. Over three-quarters of Filipino drivers surveyed say they have become more pro-active fuel savers compared with 12 months ago with nine out of 10 motorists saying they are willing to change their driving habits to save fuel. This is according to a Shell market research which looks into how drivers think, feel, and do about fuel efficiency. The research also revealed that 67 percent of drivers in the Philippines drive less now in view of the current economic climate, higher than the global average of 53 percent. Ninety percent of the respondents agree that being fuel-efficient translates to money savings. According to the study, Filipinos who drive more than 20,000 kms per year and those who refuel less than once a week check their car’s mileage most often. Pinoy motorists now employ an average of nine fuel-saving tactics, a significant increase from the average of two actions taken two years ago. The study further revealed that drivers in the Philippines take the most number of actions to save fuel among the other six market areas surveyed, Singapore (eight actions), Germany and Malaysia (seven actions each), and Hong Kong SAR and The Netherlands with six actions each. The top three most popular ways that Filipino drivers employ in order to save fuel include: (1) keeping the engine properly tuned; (2) keeping the tires properly inflated; and (3) driving sensibly and within speed limits. …