The Ombudsman for short-term insurance warns consumers against fuel-saving devices in their vehicles

Fuel prices have rocketed over the past few months due to a combination of factors and consumers want to take every advantage available to lower their fuel spend.

The Ombudsman of Short-Term Insurance warns consumers to be cautious when using fuel-saving devices and to rather avoid them.

The use of fluids, tablets or gadgets that are not recommended by manufacturers may harm a vehicle’s fuel system components and this may end up being costly to the consumer. Motor vehicle insurance policies exclude mechanical as well as electrical breakdowns and mechanical warranty policies also exclude damage caused by a consumer not following the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Rather opt for driving with fuel economy in mind, which can help you conserve fuel and save money.

Here are a few tips to improve your fuel economy:

1. Remove excess weight from the vehicle

The heavier your vehicle is, the more fuel it uses. Remove your roof rack when you are not using it or take unnecessary things out of the vehicle.

2. Drive Smoothly

Try to accelerate gently and keep a smooth drive. Using the highest safe gear should use less fuel.

3. Reduce your air conditioner use

Heating and cooling reduce your fuel because both use engine power to work properly and therefore increase your fuel consumption.

4. Ensure your tyre pressure is correct

Check your tyre pressure regularly and ensure the tyre pressure is correct.  The advantages of accurate tyre pressure include better road safety, improved fuel efficiency and prolonged tyre life.

5. Keep your vehicle’s maintenance up to date

Regular services and the maintenance of your vehicle will help you save money on fuel. Old oil interferes with your engine’s efficiency by causing friction, which creates more heat. With more heat, your fuel burns at a higher level.

In light of the Ombudsman’s warning against fuel-saving devices, consumers need to take other measures to lower their fuel-spend. As an insurance broker, we encourage our clients to consider driving with fuel economy in mind and implementing these simple tips rather than risking using fuel-saving devices that are not approved by manufacturers. By doing so, not only can you save money on fuel, but you also avoid potentially costly damages that may not be covered by insurance policies.

Speak to our professionals today if you have any questions about car insurance policies.

Although all possible care was taken in the drafting of this document, the factual correctness of the information contained herein cannot be guaranteed. This document does not constitute advice and anyone planning on taking any financial action based on this document, is strongly advised to first consult with their personal financial advisor. ProVérte Risk Management is an authorised financial service provider with FSP no. 51584.

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