10 Tips To Save You Petrol


  1. Shop around – Download the mynrma app to find cheap petrol prices in your area.
  2. Refuel when prices are low – not when your tank is empty.
  3. Fill up early – Petrol is usually cheapest on Monday and Tuesday.
  4. Avoid hard acceleration and braking – Flow with the traffic – smooth driving can reduce fuel consumption by up to 30 per cent.
  5. Watch your speed – Keep in the left lane if travelling below the limit.
  6. Lighten the load – Take off roof-racks and bull bars if they’re not needed. Remove golf clubs or tools if you’re not using them.
  7. Tyre pressure – Keep pressure towards the top of the manufacturer’s recommended range. Under-inflated tyres respond poorly to steering and do not hold well on the road.
  8. Open the windows – When the weather is fine, switch off the air-conditioning. This can reduce fuel consumption by up to 10 per cent in urban driving.
  9. Shop smart – Take advantage of the range of petrol offers with companies such as Woolworths.
  10. Service your car regularly – Blocked air filters can increase fuel consumption significantly.

NRMA MotorServe carries out a 40 point Safety Check free as part of every general or log book service so you know exactly what your car needs. NRMA MotorServe is now open in 22 locations around Sydney, and have our first country store in Wagga Wagga. Bookings can be made by calling 1300 223 544 or online.

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Find the cheapest fuel in your area with the my nrma app.

If you haven’t already, now is the perfect time to download the my nrma app. As well as saving you cash by helping you find the cheapest fuel, it’s super-handy if you need roadside assistance or need to order a battery – and you can even use it to save money with our More4Members partners. Its available for Apple iOS users on the App Store as well as Android users on Google Play.

Using Premium Unleaded Petrol

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Which petrol is best for your vehicle?

Have you ever used Premium Unleaded petrol in your vehicle instead of Regular Unleaded? Did it seem to go further, dollar for dollar? Did it have any noticeable effect at all?

If your car is optimised to run on Regular Unleaded 91 RON (Research Octane Number), then using PULP may have a marginal effect on the fuel consumption and cost saving.

So if, hypothetically, a vehicle was designed to operate on any octane (which is never the case), using 98 RON would give a seven per cent increase in power or a seven per cent decrease in fuel consumption compared with using 91 RON. Cars that are designed to run on PULP 98 RON may still run on 95 RON but you may lose around three per cent of power, or increase fuel consumption by this amount.

Therefore, if ultra premium fuel costs more than seven per cent more than 91 RON, is it economically unwise to use it?

The simplest advice is to use the octane recommended in your owner’s manual.

Have you used Premium Unleaded and noticed any improvements in your vehicle’s fuel economy or performance?

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How do I know if my fuel is contaminated?

Issues with contaminated fuel are somewhat rare nowadays, however, if you are unlucky enough to be in this situation, repairs can be very costly. 


PROOF OF PURCHASE: Although many people do not retain receipts, they can be helpful when making claims for contamination issues.

If you notice any of the following symptoms soon after refuelling you MAY have bought contaminated fuel:

  • Engine running rough or lacking power/performance
  • Engine harder to start than usual
  • Misfiring, pinging or backfiring
  • “Engine check” light illuminated

If you suspect that you have picked up a bad batch of fuel, your first priority is to take your car to your local mechanic or servicing dealer, for a check and verification.

If you are unable to drive your car to your mechanic, call our Road Assist team, who offer NRMA Members a quick check and advice or towing if assistance is necessary. 

Be sure to note the date time and location of where the fuel was obtained. A fuel receipt will also be handy.

Advise the service station where you bought the fuel from that you are experiencing problems following the last refuelling and that you will be making a claim against them for the repairs that may be  needed. 

Have you ever experienced contaminated fuel before? Was it a costly repair? 

Have any motoring related questions that you would like us to answer? Our Motoring Advice Team provides professional advice for NRMA Members. You can reach the team on 13 11 22 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm).

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Aussie motorists favour fuel efficiency over performance


When it comes to cars, Aussies value fuel efficiency above performance, according to a new study from Roy Morgan Research

Of the reported 15,140,000 motorists on Australia’s roads, nearly 80% of them consider fuel efficiency to be more important in a vehicle than high performance. Three-quarters of them will only buy a car with a proven track record, and 72% spend a lot of time researching their options before deciding what car to buy.

Meanwhile, 69% of Aussie drivers agree that “I usually only consider the main car manufacturers as I don’t like to take the risk of a lesser known make” and 69% name safety as their ‘number one concern when choosing a vehicle’.

Auto attitudes and type of car driven

The report goes on to discuss some telling differences between the attitudes of drivers of different kinds of vehicles: light passenger cars and large SUVs, for example.

The most striking difference between these two groups is in their attitudes towards fuel efficiency. For nearly nine of every ten (87%) light passenger car drivers, fuel efficiency is more important than high performance, while drivers of large SUVs are less concerned.

“Australians who drive light passenger cars are much more likely to regard their car simply as a means to get them safely and cost-effectively from A to B, while large SUV drivers tend to want much more than that from their vehicle,” says Jordan Pakes, Industry Director of Automotive at Roy Morgan Research.

However, both groups are willing to spend time researching their options before buying, and place a high priority on their chosen vehicle having a proven track record.

What do you think? Do you value fuel efficiency over performance?

Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), December 2013 – November 2014 (n=12,858).

Source: Roy Morgan Single Source (Australia), December 2013 – November 2014 (n=12,858).


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Which grade of diesel should you use at the bowser?

Considering today’s ever improving diesel engines, our Members have been asking which grade of diesel should they choose at the pump.


DECISIONS, DECISIONS: Pricing is not the only thing you need to consider when filling up at the bowser.

NRMA Motoring Advice recommends the Low Sulphur grade Premium Diesel option, as this is the only type of fuel that is compatible with today’s diesel fuel systems. 

In older vehicles, the usage of  regular diesel can cause significant sulphuric acid build up which quickly corrodes piston rings, cylinder linings, valves and cylinder head. Oil changes are also required frequently, doubling the vehicle’s manufacturer recommendations.

For newer vehicles, high pressure diesel direct-injection systems such as common rail diesel engines are highly sensitive to high sulphur fuels. Also, electronic metering systems are rendered inaccurate by deteriorating fuel injector pins.

Overall, high sulfur fuels increase vehicle repair and maintenance costs are for both vehicle types. Low sulphur diesel can be used in any vehicle or stationary diesel engine that currently runs on regular diesel.

Low sulphur diesel summary:

  • Reduces sulphur in fuel potentially reduces the risk of corrosive wear in the engine;
  • Reduces the sulphur content does not inhibit engine performance; and
  • Reduces sulphur facilitates the introduction of new diesel exhaust treatment catalyst which will further enhance the reduction of environmentally sensitive diesel emissions;
  • Reduces the ultra fine particles from diesel engine exhausts will improve local air quality;
  • Reduces sulphur dioxide emissions, which contribute to acid rain, will reduce the risk of acid rain occurring.

Are you a regular user of low sulphur diesel? Have you noticed any improvements to your vehicle’s running and repair costs?

Have any more questions that you would like us to answer? Our Motoring Advice Team are available to provide advice and information on just about anything motoring related for NRMA Members. You can reach the team on 13 11 22 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)

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