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Friday, February 13, 2015

The Shell Fuel Save Fact or Fiction Driving Challenge winners

Shell wrapped up the ‪#‎ShellFuelSave‬ Fact or Fiction Driving Challenge last February 11, 2015 by announcing the winners at Hotel H20. The Challengers from media won the much coveted title.  Driving the recently-launched models of the All New Honda Jazz, All New Honda City, and All New Honda Brio Amaze, the Challengers with select media personalities competed with Bianca Gonzales team on a road trip from Manila to Clark, Pampanga. In this Driving Challenge, the participants went through pit stops that revealed interesting habits Filipino motorists practice on saving fuel. The teams distinguished between fuel efficiency fact and fiction to manage their fuel consumption, coupled with teamwork and determination, to outwit each other.

Is warming up the engine or burping up before setting off will let you save on gas? This and other more interesting myths were answered during the event.

The Shell Fuel Save Fact or Fiction Report,which analyses the behaviour of 1,000 Filipino drivers aged 18 to 40, reveals that while 92%  see being fuel efficient as important, but 75% admit they don’t know how.

What’s even interesting, more than half (53%) of the drivers surveyed say they feel anxious trying to decide how best to save fuel, leading many to believe in a collection of absurd fuel saving myths. The research shows 80% of drivers believe warming up their engine before setting off will make them more fuel efficient, while 57% think filling up at night does the same trick. Shockingly, nearly half (45%) even believe ‘burping’ their cars to release air pockets in the tank will help them save fuel. Unfortunately for the majority of the Philippines’ driving population, none of these fuel efficiency myth help in reducing fuel costs.

Commenting on the findings, Anthony Lawrence Yam, Vice President for Retail of Pilipinas Shell, says: “The Shell FuelSave Fact or Fiction Report shows just how important saving fuel has become to motorists,along with the incredible ways they try to be more fuel efficient. Some of the beliefs revealed through the study were actually wasting fuel rather than helping to conserve it.”

To help sort fact from fiction, Shell is out to turn the nation’s myth-followers into fuel efficiency pros –both through using fuels like Shell Fuel Save that are scientifically designed to last longer and by demonstrating more effective ways to drive smartly.

Bianca Gonzalez says:“As young Filipino scientists and engineers prepare to compete at Shell Eco-marathon, I want to help Shell inspire all motorists to learn how to drive more fuel efficiently. Is switching off your engine in stationary traffic more effective than keeping it running? Does a warm engine equal a more efficient engine? And can a car really burp? These are the questions that we will be aiming to answer.”

TheShell Fuel Save Fact or Fiction Report also reveals that the confusion on the road is in stark contrast to what goes on inside the nation’s homes, where Filipinos conserve energy by limiting their electrical use but not their fuel consumption. Indeed, while88% of peoplesay theyfrequently turn off the lights to save energy when leaving the house, only4 in 10 (42%)will frequently remove excess weight from their boot or backseat to make their vehicle lighter and effectively helping drivers to save on fuel.

To learn more about Shell Eco-marathon and discover toptips on howto make your fuel last longer, visit

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