How to save petrol – Doh! My mandatory petrol whine
Posted on June 5th, 2008 by Lilian • Filed under: Life and rants
I do not have energy left to whine and rant. So, I shall do a mandatory ‘minyak naik harga’ post by copying and pasting an email I received from Jimmy Seah. He sent me the below. I do not know if it works but who cares lah, desperate time calls for desperate measures. Thank you, Jimmy. When you filled up your blog with posts, write to me again, ok? I will help to link you.
This is a Message received from a friend. Now that cost of petrol has gone up,
you might want to post this and help people save some money.
I don’t know what you guys are paying for petrol… but here in Durban, we are
also paying higher, up to 47.35 per litre. But my line of work is in petroleum
for about 31 years now, so here are 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 a 24-hour period thru the pipeline.
One day is diesel; the next 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 BIKKIE IN THE EARLY MORNING WHEN THE GROUND
TEMPERATURE IS STILL COLD. Remember that all service stations have their
storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground, the denser the fuel,
when it gets warmer petrol expands, so buying in the afternoon or in 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 play an
important role. A 1degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business.
But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.
WHEN YOU’RE FILLING UP, DO NOT SQUEEZE THE TRIGGER OF THE NOZZLE TO A FAST
MODE. If you look, you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low,
middle, and high. In slow mode, you should be pumping on low speed, thereby
minimizing the vapours that are created, while you are pumping. All hoses at
the pump have a vapour return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the
liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapour. Those vapours are being sucked up
and back into the underground storage tank so you’re getting less worth for
ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT TIPS IS TO FILL UP WHEN YOUR TANK IS HALF FULL. The
reason for this is, the 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
Unlike service stations, 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.
Hope, this will help you get the maximum value for your money.
DO SHARE THESE TIPS WITH OTHERS! LET’S SHARE INFORMATION AND BENEFIT ALL, FOR
THE BETTER OF MANKIND.
Pass this on if you think it works.