Over the past few weeks, we’ve had a smattering of articles about driving in Australia. So far, we’ve covered obtaining an Australian driver’s license, a new NSW road rule, and the fledgling Digital Driver’s License.
So, today, let’s talk about an automotive matter that’s closer to home. Now, we all know that grappling with rising fuel costs goes hand in hand with owning a car, especially in the Philippines. While we all have our preferred petrol brands and products, it can be quite tempting to try a different sort, especially when certain chains roll out promotional sales.
On the other hand, this brings us to a relatively common question: will using different brands of fuel harm your vehicle?
Let’s take a look.
Sticking to Your Usual Fuel Vs. Using Different Brands
If you’re happy with your usual fuel’s performance, that’s great. For some, that’s reason enough to stay loyal and that’s fine.
However, if you’re still on the lookout for the brand that will give you the best fuel economy for your car, trying different brands shouldn’t be a problem either. Usually, any commercially available gasoline that passes industry standards would suffice for almost any gasoline-powered vehicle.
Oh, and filling your tank with fuel from a different brand while you’ve still got another brand’s fuel is perfectly fine too.
Of course, there are a few exceptions. These include vehicles that require only the highest- octane fuel on the market, as well as those that run on lower-octane fuel. The latter is often due to engine incompatibility with additive packages in premium fuels, you see.
What Kind of Fuel is Best for Your Car?
The answer may vary from person to person, even among drivers who own the same vehicular models. Since I’m not exactly qualified to discuss octane ratings and additive packages, we’ll go for another angle.
Simply put, the brand that gives you the best fuel economy for your driving environment and habits is the best one for your car.
How do you determine this? Well, for starters, you need to monitor your fuel consumption over an extended period, say over three or four full tanks. Throughout this time, make a conscious effort to drive economically and take note of any driving conditions you may encounter. The objective is to establish a benchmark for your average fuel consumption.
Once you’ve done that, you can try doing it with fuel of a higher or lower octane rating, and then compare notes. You may also want to factor in the cost per liter of your chosen fuel variables and to see if there are any significant differences.
Do note that for safety purposes, you shouldn’t load up on fuel that’s below the manufacturer’s recommended rating for your car. Check your owner’s manual thoroughly beforehand as well, just to cover all your bases.
At the end of the day, it’s all about choosing fuel that’s right for your car and for your specific needs. Much of the time, brands have very little to do with it. (Though of course, it always helps to source your fuel from legitimate suppliers).
Lastly, as with many things, a bit of mindfulness can go a long way. From monitoring your fuel consumption to improving your driving habits, every little bit helps when it comes to economizing one’s resources.