Recently, Shell, in partnership with Mazda, invited TechBeat.ph for a road trip to Batangas to learn and have fun.

Just when you think your driving habits and the fuel that you’re using doesn’t have a significant impact in your daily grind, this article will change the way you see it.

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Knowing how to drive is not enough to survive a long drive. Drivers need to be smart in order for them to do more with their cars and their fuel. To help motorists do more, Shell launches their Shell Fuel Save – Drive Smart and Do More Campaign that teaches motorists on better fuel saving tips and get away with the fuel saving myths.

The Myths
In one of the stops on the way to Batangas, Shell experts discussed some of the “fuel-saving” myths that are usually being done in the Philippines. These myths, instead of saving gas, technically are wasting more gas.

Some of which are turning off the A/C unit and opening the windows instead. This consumes more gasoline during the long drive as it adds drag to the car. As a result, more power is being used by the vehicle which consumes more gas. Idling is one of the most common ways in wasting gasoline and “warming up” the car is a form of idling. According to the Shell representative, modern cars located in the Metro does not need warming up (unless in extreme cold weather). A slow movement is already enough to have the oil move the gears before driving in a regular speed.

Drive Smart and Do More

Shell has launched the “Do More” campaign to enable motorists to do more and to address the Filipino motorists’ need to benefit from their drive by allowing them to be more competent in every aspect of their lives.

In our continued effort to reinforce the value of fuel efficiency, we champion a campaign that aims to enable motorists to achieve more by combining smart driving habits and the use of the right fuel such as Shell FuelSave, which is designed to last longer and helps motorists to be efficient in terms of their time, which helps in reducing the frequency for refueling and more time doing a lot of other things.

Pilipinas Shell Vice President for Retail, Anthony Lawrence Yam.

All the participants were elated to be part of an experiential media event dubbed, “#DriveSmartDoMore Driving Challenge”, mounted by Shell wherein we were immersed via an 180-kilometer drive from Bonifacio Global City to Batangas. Our teams did our initial top-up at a Shell Station before proceeding to the first pit stop using the fuel-efficient and all-new Mazda2 SKYACTIV vehicles.

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They were amazed on how this event opened my eyes and sort of proud realizing the multiple roles I play every day and I must also admit that Shell FuelSave indeed is a great help for me to do more as I discovered it through the immersion. It was a fun-filled activity as we passed various pit stops, each with a challenge that drove home the message of “Drive Smart. Do More.”

The first pit stop was at Shell South Luzon Tollway. There, Shell let the participants took on the role of “The Strategist” during the first challenge. They had to strategize the needs of our family. Participants were asked to shop for kiddie snacks at the Select store, where they had to plan our way around the store to collect all the items needed in one go.

The challenge has taught the participants the importance of planning the journey ahead in every drive, providing a more efficient path that cuts down unnecessary driving time, which results into less fuel consumption.

Next stop is Nuvali where the participants took on the role of “The Smart Driver” and experienced a driving simulator. A professional driving instructor led them through a specially-designed track that featured different road scenarios to show what smart and fuel efficient drivers do when they actually get to experience these. The simulation reinforces how making simple changes to driving habits can help drivers become more fuel efficient and get more out of each tank of fuel we use. This smart driving experience was further substantiated with a discussion on fuel efficiency by Shell Fuels Scientist Mae Ascan.

For the next challenge,participants have to drive to Shell Rosario in Batangas, acting out the role of an “Economical Friend” and played a game that provides a visual representation of our personal driving habits. The game mainly discussed common fuel efficiency beliefs and behaviors of Filipino motorists culled from the Shell FuelSave Fact or Fiction Report, a study that reveals the extraordinary lengths motorists are willing to go in order to save fuel – including belief in some fuel efficiency myths.

After that is another exciting challenge as the participants played the role of an “Active PTA Member” in Alupay Elementary School in Batangas. Here they played a simple game with students that highlighted the importance of not carrying excess weight as it requires more energy to move, which negatively affects fuel efficiency.

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For the last destination, the challengers headed to a beach resort, for the final challenge upon arrival, this time assuming the role of being a “Go-getter.” They played a game that required full concentration, patience, and a steady hand, similar to what is needed when driving a car. This highlighted the importance of driving steadily and focusing on the road not only to save on fuel but for safety as well.

“This exercise demonstrated that fuel efficiency can actually be achieved by combining smart driving habits and the use of the right fuel that is designed to last longer,” said Yam. “Fuel efficiency does not only depend on the vehicle but also on the driving practices we observe. Through our Do More Campaign, we aim to share fuel efficient driving habits with Filipino motorists that help them get more out of each tank of fuel they use.”

By promoting proper driving habits, observing fuel efficiency tips, and using the right fuel, the Do More campaign helps smart drivers fulfill multiple responsibilities despite everyday challenges.

Learn how a few simple changes to everyday driving habits can help you manage the costs of motoring by going to www.shell.com.ph

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