Petrol Car VS Diesel Car

Petrol Car VS Diesel Car

The Similarity

The diesel and petrol engines that are used in most cars are highly similar. In essence, they are internal combustion engines that usually works using a 4-strokes cycle. In an internal combustion engine, the power cycle is made up of four phases: intake, compression, power and exhaust; thus it is called the 4-strokes cycle

1st Stroke: Intake Phase

During the intake phase, air is drawn into cylinder through the opening intake valve. This is cause by the vacuum that was created when the piston is drawn downwards.

2nd Stroke: Compression Phase

Next is the compression phase. During this phase, intake valve closes and the piston is drawn up, compressing the air with fuel.

3rd Stroke: Power Phase

At this point, the compressed mixture of fuel and air is ignited to cause an explosion. It is this explosion that causes the piston to be pushed downwards and drive the crankshaft to produce motion.

4th Stroke: Exhaust Phase

During this final phase, the exhaust valve will be opened and when the piston is being drawn up, it pushes the spent air-fuel mixture out of the cylinder through the exhaust valve, allowing a new cycle to begin.

The Differences

The main difference between diesel and petrol engines is that petrol engines usually use spark plugs to ignite the air-fuel mixture, while diesel engines rely solely on heavily compressed air. The temperature of the compressed air could be made to increase high enough to ignite the diesel fuel if the air is being compressed heavily enough.

Petrol Engine

Diesel Engine


Diesel is also considerably cheaper than petrol. However, this comes with a drawback. Diesel engines emit more noxious gases and CO2 per litre of fuel used than petrol-powered cars. Diesel engines also require more raw materials and money to manufacture as well.

This October help save the environment from the noxious fumes of diesel and save your wallet from the cost of the petrol. Book one of our selected cars and you can receive a $10 petrol voucher for every 2 days of bookings.

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4 New Attractions In Good Old Malaysia

4 New Attractions In Good Old Malaysia

New Viewing Tower at Mossy Forest, Cameron Highlands
Located in Malaysia at western Pahang, Cameron Highlands is a beautiful place filled with tons of things to enjoy. From farms and tea plantations to temples and museum. Climb up the newly built viewing tower in the Mossy Forest and enjoy the view of the endless greenary. Cameron Highlands is the perfect destination for you and your family to visit for this school holiday.

The Gravityz at Penang
Penang has plenty of beautiful attractions that you should visit with your family during this school holiday. Enjoy the view from the top of Penang Hill, spend a few hours at Escape Adventureland Penang or visit the Penang War Museum. You can also visit the recently opened rope course challenge called The Gravityz. Opened in February 2018, this might be the world highest rope course at at a height of 239 metres from the ground.

South East Asia 1st VR Roller-coaster at Legoland
Malaysia's 1st international theme park is located in Johor Bahru, just across the causeway from Singapore. Home to the first VR roller-coaster in South-east Asia. Prepare to embark on the wildest LEGO ride as you put on the VR headsets, you will enjoy the action from every direction.

Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark at Desaru
Opened in July 2018, Desaru Coast Adventure Waterpark features more than a dozen rides including one of the biggest wave pool in the world. From the most thrilling roller-coaster to the relaxing lazy river. There is something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

You can visit all these places from just $90 per trip with Drive.SG Chauffeur Service. Book a chauffeur to pick you up and get you to your destination with ease.


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Car Rental Guide For Hari Raya Puasa

Car Rental Guide For Hari Raya Puasa

It's that time of the year where our Muslim friends in Singapore starts to prepare for Hari Raya Puasa.

If you’re looking to rent a car to travel around during the holiday, here’s a quick gudie on what you need to know about renting with us during this Hari Raya Puasa.

During this period, as everyone travels to visit their friends and family, there will be an influx of people heading to Malaysia or visiting in Singapore with their families.

Quick Background on Car Rentals during Hari Raya Puasa

These are some things that you might want to take note of when it comes to getting around during the Hari Raya Puasa period if you don’t own a car.

  • First, it’s hard to use public transportation during this period, as many people are also doing their own visitations, this means that public transports will be very crowded.

  • Secondly, it will also be harder to get a cab during this period as a lot of the drivers will be on holiday as well. Which means standing longer under the sun.

  • Thirdly, a typical cab can only sit up to 4 passengers which make it inconvenient for bigger family as they might need to get 2 different cab just to accommodate the whole family.

  • Finally, the demand for rental cars during this period will be sky time high for this period. Many people will be looking to rent a vehicle to avoid public transportation to transport their family.


We’ve compiled a list of the frequently asked questions that we have received from our customer.

Q1. Why are they all 5 days and 7 days packages? Are there any 1 day rentals?

Majority of the Car Rental companies in Singapore sell 5-7 days packages as these packages help to cover manpower constraints. This will give their own staff to do their own visitations. As a result, they will not be operating during the festive period.
It’s rare to find a single day rental company that is open on Hari Raya Puasa. There may be unlicensed private rentals but we advise against it due to a couple of reasons.

  • Unclear service agreements - It's fine when nothing goes wrong but it is unclear who is liable and what damages are to be paid if something does. Being unclear on what you've agreed on also leaves it to interpretation and they may hold it against you.
  • Insurance coverage - The risks of accidents and costs of repairs should already be calculated and accounted for as a business risk for all legitimate car rental companies. Hence, insurance helps them to mitigate the risks. Private rentals may not have the required insurance and it's also unclear how much damage would you be liable for.

Q2. Why are prices so high? Why is there a surcharge compared to normal days?

  • Instead of booking the rental car on a daily basis, you are required to book the car by a minimum package period of at least 5-7 days. This raises the total price.

  • Demand during the period is overwhelming hence all car rental companies increase their prices during these periods. Eg. Peak Hour Surcharges in Taxis

(To help you with the cost, Drive.SG is now giving Early-bird discount of up to $60 for Hari Raya Rental Packages)

Click Here To View Hari Raya Puasa 2018 Packages.

Tips for Renting in Hari Raya Puasa

Tip #1 Book Early

Booking Early means a wider variety of car models at all price points. More popular models or cheaper packages tend to get snapped up early. Larger capacity vehicles tends to be more popular as well.

Drive.SG is now giving Early-bird discount of up to $60 for Hari Raya Rental Packages until 8th April.

Tip #2 Ensure you’re clear on what you’re renting 

On top of the confounding complexity for first time rentals, there are also additional considerations when it comes to Hari Raya Puasa. Here’s what you should specifically look out for especially when renting during Hari Raya Puasa.

  • Car Specifics

    • Does it cater to Probation Drivers? Does it allow Malaysia Entry?

    • Due to insurance reasons, some rental companies do not rent out to probation drivers or allow Malaysia Entry. Eg. Probation drivers are considered at a higher risk of accident, hence increasing the cost of insurance.
  • Package Dates

    • While majority of Companies only do week long packages, there are slight variations in their dates, usually a difference of one or two dates.

    • Be clear on what type of package dates are available. Eg. 13th Jun to 20th Jun 2018 or 14th Jun to 21st June 2018

  • Package Prices

    • The prices quoted would be based on a list that these companies should publish publicly. Always ask for the list, it’s usually priced based on car categories of that car rental partner.

    • Prices vary from partner to partner but usually are upwards of $650 for a 5-Days Package.

Tip #3 Be Clear on Additional Surcharges

  • Heading to Malaysia? Need a child seat? Having a second driver?

  • Be aware that these add ons are typically not included for most rentals and are payable on collection of the car (that way you can still change your mind if you decided not to go to Malaysia)

  • Premium partners may include some add-ons. eg. Second Driver but it's still a good practice to factor them when evaluating the different cars.


There are over 100 Car Rental Companies in Singapore, to call every car rental company on the models and rates available to make a full comparison is hard.

Of course, you can find most of these information consolidated on one website at Drive.SG's Hari Raya Puasa's Page, that would make it easier for you to decide which cars you’re looking to book.

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4 Must Do Activities For The Long Weekend

4 Must Do Activities  For The Long Weekend

Good Friday is coming, that means we finally get another long weekend. We have prepared a list of activities for you and your family to enjoy over the long weekend.

1) National Geographic Ocean Wonders @ SEA Aquarium

Go on down to the world’s 1st National Geographic Ocean Wonders event featuring the Ocean Record Breakers exhibition, Marine Photography Adventure and the National Geographic Ocean Exploration Children’s Workshop, Singapore’s only marine science and maritime exploration children’s workshop. See their new marine resident, the Sand Tiger Sharks in S.E.A. Aquarium!

2) Art-Zoo Inflatable Park @ i Light Marina Bay 2018

Art-Zoo Inflatable Park @ i Light Marina Bay 2018 returns with an original line-up of 15 BRAND NEW INFLATABLES! As the largest experiential inflatable playground that welcomes visitors of all ages, Art-Zoo takes you on a colourful and magical journey to have fun with larger-than-life animals, plants and mythical creatures.

3) Egg-citing Easter With Peter Rabbit @ Jurong Bird Park

Hop into the world of Peter Rabbit at Jurong Bird Park!

Meet the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations at our Peter Rabbit vegetable garden. Hop on down for an amazing adventure with your family with lots of fun Easter-themed activities for the kids!

4) TrollsTopia @ Universal Studio Singapore

Step into the colourful world of DreamWorks Trolls at Universal Studios Singapore. Experience two all-new Troll-ific shows featuring your favourite Trolls, Poppy and Branch! Join Guy Diamond in a glitter-rama experience, immerse yourself in all new one-of-a-kind Trolls VR games, and many more Trolls harmonies! Plus, enjoy your favourite rides and attractions.

So many things to do and so little time. To help you get to these activities, we have prepared a special promotion for you. From now to 31st March, you can enoy $20 off when you rent one of our selected cars for the long weekend. Book now and enjoy your weekend.

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Top 6 Places In Japan To View Sakura

Top 6 Places In Japan To View Sakura

Sakura season is here and Japan is definitely the best place to go to if you want to catch a the beautiful sight of these pink flowers. We have prepared a list of places in Japan where you can enjoy the best view of these beautiful flowers.

1) Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden

One of the best places for sakura viewing is actually located in the heart of the biggest metropolis in Japan. The Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Tokyo is one of the best, if not the best place in Tokyo for sakura viewing. The 58 hectares garden has well over 1,000 sakura trees, making it the perfect place for sakura viewing.

2) Shiba Park

Located at the foot of Tokyo Tower, Shiba Park has around 200 sakura tree. Take a seat at the Maruyama Fountain or Benten Pond and relax as you engage in sakura viewing with the bright orange symbol of Tokyo jutting up in the background.

3) Ueno Park

No article on sakura viewing spots in Japan would be complete without Ueno Park. Renowned as a cherry blossom-viewing destination since the Edo period. Ueno Park is considered by many to be the ultimate location to enjoy sakura in Tokyo.

4) Hirosaki Castle

Considered to be one of the top three cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan, Hirosaki Castle located at the northern tip of the of Honshu main island is a great place for sakura viewing. However, the sakura come out later here due to the it begin so far up north. Around late April every year, Hirosaki Park is tranformed into a pink wonderland with over 2,500 cherry trees.

5) Fuji Five Lakes

For a couple of months each year you can get to enjoy 2 Japanese national icon at the same place as Mount Fuji is surrounded by sakura. From Fuji Five Lake, you can get a great view of both Mount Fuji and the sakura around it while sipping on some traditional japanese tea.

6) Osaka Castle

With over 4000 cherry trees are planted around the entire Osaka Castle Park, this is one of the most most popular spot to have a pinic while enjoying the view of the sakura.

Japan is a very beautiful place with lots of places to visit. If you are going to Japan, why not rent a car from us to make your trip easier? Check out our Japan car rental page.

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