By Michael Phelan
Published: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Topping up your tank is an expense we can’t avoid, unless you own an electric vehicle.
But as petrol prices continue to rise, we’re all looking to save a dollar or two when filling up. Here are some handy tips to help ease the pain on your pocket.
1. Make small changes
Heavier cars use more fuel. Lighten the load by removing any items that aren’t required for the tasks at hand. And don’t forget to regularly have your car serviced because it has a huge impact on engine efficiency. Uninflated tyres can add up to 5 per cent to your fuel bill so keep them pumped up.
2. Choose a fuel-efficient vehicle
The Green Vehicle Guide will help you make a smarter choice by providing comprehensive information on the environmental performance of light vehicles sold in Australia. Beyond that, when looking at buying a new car, consider the most fuel-efficient vehicle that suits your needs. In the long term, consider transitioning to an electric vehicle.
3. Consolidate errands
We all have a lot of things happening in our daily lives, from grocery shopping and running errands to driving the kids to various activities all over town. Combining errands will help reduce the number of trips you have to make in a day. If you can, try to leave the car at home and enjoy a nice walk or bike ride.
4. Be gentle
Driving smoothly makes for a more comfortable ride, helps save fuel and is eco-friendly. Accelerate gently when taking off at the lights, and if you’re driving a manual, change gears efficiently. Keeping your tyres inflated to the correct pressure and using cruise control where appropriate will improve fuel efficiency. Smooth, unabrupt driving can also potentially save on vehicle wear and subsequent repairs.
5. Refuel when petrol’s cheap
If you’re happy with the price at the pump, fill up! The current fuel cycle in the city is about two weeks, so if possible, make your tank last then refuel when the price cycle bottoms out again. Check out the myRAA app or visit raa.com.au/fuel to find the cheapest petrol prices in South Australia.