Petrol is becoming more and more expensive!

My line of work which has been in petroleum and automobile industry for a good period of time now, here are some helpful tips which would give you the best savings for your money and make every liter worth the while.  Based on research on the Marian Hill Pipeline in Durban were delivery of about 4 million liters is done every 24-hour period through the pipeline.  One day is diesel the next day is jet fuel, and petrol,Kerosene (DPK)  We have 34-storage tanks here with a total capacity of 16,800,000 liters.

The best time to buy or fill up your car or truck is early morning when the ground temperature is still cold.  Always remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below the ground. The colder the ground the more dense the fuel, when it gets warmer petrol expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening is not the best time as your liter is not exactly a liter.  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 one degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business.  But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

When you are 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 stages, the low, middle, and high.  In slow mode you should be pumping on low speed, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping.  All hoses at the pump have a vapor return.  If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor.  Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you’re getting less worth for your money.

One of the best tips is to fill up when your tank is HALF FULL.

The reason for this is because the more fuel you have in your tank the less air it is occupying when it is in an 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 stations, where every truck that loads is temperature compensated so that every liter 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 or 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.  I believe this will help you get the best value for your money.

Also, you can buy the fuel injector cleaners as this also helps burn out the carbon that cloaks around the top cylinder, which does not burn out when the engine is been fired, it helps the nozzles to releases the accurate fuel need at the top cylinder .



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