FUELAcademy - Fuel Economy Specialists

Fuel Efficiency Workshops | Africa

Botswana

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  • Do you know I was in a very flash Mercedes Benz with a lovely young 19 year old boy who was participating in an On Road Challenge. The purpose of this challenge is to provide the drivers with Fuel Economy and Safe Driving Tips on the road. We were driving just under the speed limit when my driver informs me he usually drives at 220 kph, and it is boring driving slower. More surprisingly, he is usually driving his father! No wonder my hair is going grey…The parent in me kicked in, and at the conclusion of the Road Challenge following strong advice, he made a solemn promise to change his ways. In fact, he saw by driving correctly, his Fuel Economy had improved by more than 40%, of course the improvement in safety goes without saying.

Ghana

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  • A Fuel Challenge took place to showcase the value of the engine protection elements in the fuel as well as smart driving techniques. What a unique driving circuit we had to demonstrate the art of fuel efficient driving. Beginning at the airport through Ada to Sogakope was uneventful, then on to Tema Harbour Rd, to Beach Rd through Spintex Road, Tetteh Quarshie Interchange and back to our starting point proved challenging. The traffic was intense and the road conditions made driving in a straight line impossible as the mission was to dodge the never ending pot holes in the roads. All that said the drivers that participated were a credit to Ghana itself, by showing how in the toughest conditions, by following the Taylor Fuel Saving Tips and using the right fuel they can improve their fuel efficiency. Their overall improvement ranged from 28% to 36% in these heavy four wheel drive vehicles.

Ivory Coast

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  • Our arrival at Abidjan airport and the entire Cote d’Ivoire team are there to greet us with sheaths of beautiful flowers. What a warm and generous welcome. They see our visit is important to help Ivorian drivers to save money. Times are very tough for them and every franc counts. A Challenge took place to showcase the value of the engine protection elements in the fuel as well as smart driving techniques. The driving course was very interesting and as we waved to adults and children en route happy, smiling faces responded. A beautiful race of people. The drivers were conscientious and they all returned triumphant, improving their overall fuel consumption figures by 25% to 56%.

Kenya

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  • A Fuel Economy Challenge, with a cross section of drivers, assorted vehicles, put into teams, was the formula for a most exciting day. We were heading for Naivasha. Here the beautiful Kenyan flowers are grown, then being exported to countries around the world. This route took us through Nairobi, where the traffic jams became a nightmare for all concerned. The tips said to ‘Remain Calm’ and so the drivers did, today was about relaxing and having fun. Onward we drove, observing beautiful scenery, green fields, farms and mountains. Sadly we had to pass by the Maasai Mara National Park without visiting, but we will return… Drivers remained focused, accelerating gently, not over braking and cleverly anticipating the traffic conditions on the road around them. At the drive conclusion there was an improvement in all driver’s fuel consumption.

Madagascar

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  • National Fuel Economy Record Set in Madagascar. Drivers: Mikhael and Fafah, Champion Rally Drivers. The drive was witnessed by The Automobile Association of Madagascar and Bebisoa Ralinirina, Commissioner of Justice Madagascar. Mikhael drove 1,139 kms and there was still Diesel left in the tank! Fafah drove 1,143 kms and there was still Unleaded left in the tank! What Mikhael did extremely well was drove the car down the mountains in the safest, highest gear and speed. This gave him the momentum to drive up the mountain more fuel efficiently. Mikhael also didn't break unnecessarily. Every time you touch the brakes your using energy and this comes from the fuel tank. Fafah's observation skills were outstanding, always scanning in front, to the sides and behind. He also changed down through the gears to slow the car down. With all the winding roads in Madagascar this was particularly handy when approaching dangerous bends.

Mauritius

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  • National Fuel Economy Records Set in Mauritius - February 2010. Drivers: Helen and John Taylor and Naveen Kartick. The drive was witnessed by SGS representative Mr. Ahmad Waligallah Sebrathy, who came on the entire drive with the Taylors and Naveen. He ensured the Fuel Tanks were filled to capacity, then sealed prior to the vehicles setting off. That all Traffic Act Laws were strictly adhered to, and he calculated the distance and the quantity of fuel used at the drive conclusion. For fairness and safety driving hours must be between 6am and 5pm, during daylight hours. Helen and Naveen drove a VW Touareg V6 3 Litre Diesel Automatic 1104.2 kms over 24.29 hours and there was still 10.04 litres of fuel left in the tank! An improvement of 37.46% above the car manufacturer's figures. John and Naveen drove a Audi A3 Petrol Manual vehicle 1100.4 kms over 24.29 hours and there was still 9.21 litres of fuel left in the tank! An improvement of 47% above the car manufacturer's figures.

Morocco

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  • A fun, yet educational segment of the trip was going on a Fuel Economy Test Drive in and around Casablanca with Professional Drivers. The driving course was interesting, with a combination of city and highway roads. At the conclusion of the challenge the Fuel Economy results were analysed and it was discovered every participant had an improvement above the OEM figures. Of course, the savings when using the right fuel and lubricants, combined with smart, safe driving techniques can make an impact on a company's overall profit. However, there is an added bonus, the reduction of CO2 emissions, less road accidents and less maintenance required on the vehicles. Also, the driver's feel good about themselves ,as the education they gain can be shared with their colleagues, families and friends, making a difference to all their lives.

Namibia

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  • National Fuel Economy Record Set in Namibia, A mix of vehicles: Renault Kangoo Panel Van, Toyota D4D D/Cab 4x4, VW Golf Highline and VW Kombi Tdi. Using quality fuel and lubricants, and then following smart, safe driving techniques as instructed by the Taylors they set off... The Fuel Tanks were sealed and signed by Independent Witness Ms. Lwasa Jario, from the Chamber of Commerce. The driving course was interesting - beginning in Windhoek, on to Okahandja and then Otjiwarongo. Our independent witness unsealed the tanks, the fuel added to the tanks was recorded, and then calculations were made to see the driver/s that achieved the best Fuel Economy result. Each vehicle achieved the objective to 'drive over 1,000 kms on a tank of fuel'. In fact, the improvement up and above the car manufacturer's L/100 figures were extraordinary, ranging from 23.61% to 35.29%. Each car still had fuel left in the tank.

Senegal

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  • National Fuel Economy records for Senegal. Drivers: Mansour Seck, a Defensive Driving Instructor to drive a diesel vehicle and M. Babacar K. Ndiaye a prolific sport's journalist to drive the car filled with unleaded fuel. Driving from Dakar, through Kaolack and onto Tamba and back, completing a distance of at least 1,000 kms without refuelling. The drivers are accompanied by the Taylors, who are sharing their knowledge along the way. We stay over night in Tamba and the fuel tanks are looking very healthy...The second leg is equally a success. The results indicated the petrol vehicle was capable of driving 1,173 kms on one tank of fuel, an improvement above the OEM figure of 36.25%. The Diesel vehicle could have achieved a world class 2,352.6 km's on one tank of fuel!! This equates to 2.26L/100km and 49.78% improvement on the OEM figure.

Tunisia

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  • A new Fuel Economy standard is set in Tunisia. Lotfi Gerrrato, prolific sporting journalist sitting in the driver’s seat accompanied by John. Hend, Tunisia’s famous female Rally Driver is in the ‘hot seat’ next to Helen. Moncef Benneni, professional Taxi Driver wanting to improve his skills instructed firstly by Helen and then into the most capable hands of Sizwe Mbhele. The route took us from La Marsa, Kairouan, Garsa, and Tozeur and back with a slight detour to Sousse to make up the distance required. An important instruction was encouraging all drivers not to drive too close to the vehicle in front, and there was much uncertainty about when to overtake a slow vehicle.We also managed to get all drivers into the highest safest gear as early as possible without lugging the engine. All drivers were amazed at the difference this made immediately to their engine speed. This event proved to be an enjoyable, realistic, fuel economy driving experience with every person involved taking away positive messaging.

Uganda

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  • The Matatu drivers came on a Fuel Economy Challenge, the Taylors sitting next to them in the front seat. They also had thirteen other passengers in the bus, all listening to the FuelSave Tips. They usually spend 60,000 shillings a day on fuel. This test drive resulted in spending only 37,000 shillings. Giving a daily saving of 23,000 shillings. An annual saving of 8,200,000 shillings. Indeed, much education is required for the driving sector. When holding a Press Conference the general concerns by the audience, including the media, was ‘Do Fuel Economy Tips ONLY work in the modern day car?’ Of course, the answer is NO. We were invited to Mukwano Group of Companies Uganda, in order to engage their Fleet drivers and try cutting the fuel and maintenance costs, assisting the profitability of the business and ensuring job security for the workers. The biggest problem we realised there was the idling of the trucks in the fleet. We mean trucks are left idling anywhere from 30 minutes upwards. Idling gets you NOWHERE, however still burns fuel. The drivers are going to stop this wasteful habit and the Fleet manager is going to monitor the weekly fuel consumption.