These days, South Africans have good reason to shy away from the news as we’re bombarded with reports of a crawling economy and natural disasters caused by climate change. If you think about it, it’s a miracle we’re still able to crack jokes at all, but as South Africans, having a laugh is what we do best. This month we want to celebrate those special people who make our challenges easier to bear by working wisely with money when it matters most – we’re talking about you, ladies!
Grow Your Savings & The Environment With These Fuel-saving Tips
It’s Women’s Month, and at PPS Short-Term Insurance we’re paying tribute to the financial savviness that seems to come so naturally to women, enabling them to build promising futures for themselves and their families. We also want to offer women further opportunities for empowerment, so, ladies, read on to find out more about how you could win an Advanced Driving Course with Jaguar that’ll have you handling risky situations like a pro in no time.
Save fuel, help the environment
Local studies have shown that women are more cautious and prudent when it comes to working with money, and in the current economic climate this can only be a good thing, especially since fuel and price hikes are an ever-present reality. Women make a point of finding bargains wherever they can because they’re always keeping the future in mind and thinking of different ways to properly care for their families or prepare for the days ahead.
For Women’s Month, we’ve decided to support women in their cost-cutting efforts by compiling a list of tips on how they can use less fuel. Not only will this save you money, but it will help the environment too!
- Check your tyre pressure: make sure your tyres are pumped every two weeks as the car uses more fuel to move forward when they tyre pressure is too low.
- Drive in the right gear: this point may seem counterintuitive because when you’re driving fast it feels like the momentum is doing all the work, but actually it’s better to drive as slowly as possible in the highest gear. The faster you drive the harder the car works, using more fuel.
- Switch off your air conditioner more often: yes, South Africa can feel like an oven sometimes, but another fuel-guzzler which may come as a surprise to you is your air con. When possible, open the window and let the fresh air wash over you.
- Buy a fuel-efficient car: if you’re serious about long-term savings in the fuel department, and you can afford it, you may want to invest in one of the latest energy efficient cars that are constantly being updated to be more eco-friendly. Pay now but save later!
- Pick your route carefully: finding the shortest route to your destination will obviously cut down on fuel and this is much easier to do now that we have Google Maps. However, keep in mind that it’s also smarter to take fewer trips that are longer rather than more trips that are shorter, because the engine is more efficient when its warm.
- Turn off your car when possible: we spend oodles of time sitting in traffic jams and there are mornings (or evenings) when you know you’re not going anywhere anytime soon. When this happens, switch off your car. This small step contributes to reducing air pollution, so imagine if every driver did it?
- Keep your car in good condition: stick to your car services as religiously as your yearly check-ups with the doctor. A car that’s properly maintained will run more efficiently and use less fuel.
- Use the right kind of oil: it’s tempting to cut corners where you can, especially when it comes to maintaining a vehicle. But cheap oil that isn’t suitable for your model affects the car’s efficiency, so rather check your auto manual to make sure you’re getting what your car needs.
Learn to drive like a Formula 1 Champ!
Now that we’ve given you some green food for thought and effective ways of trimming costs, it’s time to find out more about how you can up your driving game. The stereotype that women are bad drivers has certainly been put to rest – 80% of road accidents that kill or seriously injure other parties are caused by men!
But, if you’re living in a country like South Africa where hijackings are frequent and taxis with their devil-may-care attitude dominate the roads, it’ll benefit both women and men to develop the professional driving skills that’ll get them out of any tricky scenario.
This month, PPS Short-Term Insurance is launching a brand-new competition with a thrilling prize that will have you on the edge of your seat – literally. If you request a free quote for car, home, or business insurance, you’ll be entered into our draw for a Jaguar “Advanced Experiences” driving course. This is a full-day dynamic handling course that’ll teach our lucky winner braking and steering techniques, the fundamentals of circuit lapping, and provide an opportunity to drive on the circuit. This is sure to be a heart-racing day that’ll improve your skills on the road and get that adrenaline pumping.
So, if you’re a professional with a 4-year degree, contact us to get a free car, home, or business insurance quote for quality cover and stand a chance to win an experience filled with fast-paced fun!
PPS STI is a licensed Financial Services Provider FSP 46274.