Tips on Filling your Car

al-salam alaykum

With the price of petrol in Durban, South Africa at R. 9,50 – we might need this. Also, we must consider using scooters now!

TIPS ON FILLING YOUR CAR (S)

I don’t know what you guys are paying for petrol…. But here in Durban we are also paying higher, up to R7.35 per litre. But my line of work is in petroleum for about 31 years now, so here some tricks to get more of your money’s worth for every litre.

Here at the Marian Hill Pipeline where I work in Durban, we deliver about 4 million litres in 24-hour period thru pipeline. One day is diesel the second day is jet fuel, and petrol, LRP and Unleaded. We have 34-storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 litres.

Only buy or fill up your car or bike in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that service stations have their storage tanks buried ground. The colder the ground the more dense the fuel, when it gets warmer petrol expands, so buying in the afternoon or 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 1 –degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

One of the most important tips is to fill up when your tanks is HALF FULL. The reason of this is, more fuel you have in your tank the less air 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 station, here where I work, every truck that we load is temperature compensated so that every litre is actually the exact amount.

Another reminder, if there is a fuel truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy, DO NOT fill up—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.

Hopes this will help you get the most value for your money.

DO SHARE THESE TIPS WITH OTHERS FRIENDS AND YOUR RELATIVES.

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