Have u ever wondered about how many drops of petrol/ diesel you burn out during the day? Or how many barrels during the month? Year? Or throughout the whole life? Probably you haven't ever. You might be thinking that, since you don't own an engine driven vehicle there's no question of burning up petroleum fuel by you. But my dear friend, it's not true. The whole volume of petroleum fuel consumed by the globe divided by the total population worldwide gives you the per head consumption; irrespective of whether you have an engine driven vehicle or not.

Now let's move to the point. The sole objective of my writing this article is to let you know, how serious we need to be while spending petroleum fuels and what we can do to help out the situation. After all, little efforts do matter.

Before we delve down to the deep of the topic we need to understand the basic things like how does the petroleum fuels affect our lifestyle and what if there had not been any petroleum fuel available to us. As such it is very easy to understand the relationship between petroleum fuel and our lifestyle. Think about the truck delivering fresh fruits and vegetables from the wholesale market to the retail store from where you buy it and take it to your home. It's petroleum fuel driven. Think about the public bus(or your personal car if you are rich enough!) which you use to go to office and come back to home or to go here and there. Or the thousands of public transport vehicles plying on the roads to provide transportation service to the masses. Or the hundreds of thousands of vehicles running on the highways to make all the commodities to reach to your doorstep or thousands of industrial commodities to the proper place. Or thousands of personal cars roaming around here and there. Or the heavyweight carriers fulfilling the industrial and logistic needs. Except a very few, all of them are powered by fuels produced from petroleum crude. You might be thinking, is there any relationship between the truck delivering fruits and vegetables, or the public transport vehicles, or the industrial heavyweight carriers with my lifestyle? The answer is "yes". It does. Let's take the case of the fruit/vegetable carrier. The owner or the truck or the transporter will levy the penny spent on fuel(or a part of it) to the wholesaler or retailer or whoever is in the business. He will levy it on the price of the fruits and vegetables, which will be levied to your pocket at last. Similarly the fares charged by the public transports are decided based on the prices of fuel mainly. If fuel prices go up fares will also go up accordingly passing the burden on you and me keeping the transporters' profit same. Same is the case of industrial carriers also. The cost of fuels form a part of the cost of the item produced. If the first one goes up, later one is also bound to go up.

So, I hope till now you have understood how the usage of petroleum fuels affects our lifestyle. Each and every drop "WE" burn is going to affect our life some way of either. Note the plural form "we" in the earlier sentence. It means it is not the fact that the volume of fuel you burn will affect you and the volume I burn is going to affect me. It is the volume the whole world burns which is going to affect us.

So? What can we do now? First of all we need to have a consciousness in ourselves towards the issue and should consider it with seriousness. Each one of us should try to cut down the usage of petroleum fuels. But that obviously doesn't mean that you don't drive your own vehicle even if you need it. I mean to say that we should cut down our unnecessary usages. Below mentioned are some of the tips.

1) Tune your vehicle in a way to give maximum fuel efficiency and lower power(it is possible only if it has got some mechanically operated fuel injection system).

2) Turn off your engine in the traffic when you see a red signal. In short minimize your idle engine running time(I swear, I do it).

3) Keep your fuel filters and air filters in good condition and clean.

4) There is a relationship between the tire pressure and fuel efficiency. Area of contact of the tire with the road surface increases with decrease of tire pressure which in turn decreases fuel efficiency. Keep your tires in proper pressure.

5) Keep the car in overall good condition and well maintained.

This will help us in reducing our fuel consumption by at least certain extent. This will also help in cutting down the emission of harmful greenhouse gases and also global warming. The little effort from every one of us will add up to give some bigger good results. Petroleum crude oil is a natural resource and should be used wisely. Every one of us should understand that the crude oil reserve is limited. The human civilization is dependent on petroleum crude oil. What if there had been no crude oil reserve? Definitely we might have invented some other means of energy. Why not to do it now; since we know that crude reserve is limited.

Lets' think the whole world as our own home and start working for its well being by conserving petroleum fuels. Our future generations will bless us.

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