While you can’t control the price of fuel at the bowser, there are some things you can do to help your vehicle’s fuel consumption during the daily commute and stretching your holiday dollars further on your next road trip.
Keep a smile on your fuel dial by committing these 10 expert tips to memory:
1. Shop around
2. Refuel when prices are low
Avoid filling up when your tank is empty and instead refuel when petrol or diesel prices are low. Don't forget to make the most of your Member benefit savings with up to 5 cents off per litre on Premium fuels and 3 cents per litre on regular fuels at participating Ampol and Caltex service stations. Keep an eye on the Sydney petrol price cycle with our weekly fuel reports. Fuel price cycles can differ, ranging from as low as 19 day cycles to as high as 53 days (2020). It pays to fill up when prices go down and ride out the peak periods when prices are high.
3. Avoid hard acceleration and braking
Flow with the traffic – smooth driving can reduce fuel consumption by up to 30 per cent.
4. Watch your speed
Keep in the left lane if travelling below the limit and let faster vehicles overtake you.
5. 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. If you do store items in your car, make sure you have the appropriate car insurance to cover personal items.
6. Check your tyre pressure
Keep tyre 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.
7. Have your wheel alignment checked
An improper wheel alignment will see your tyres drag across the bitumen rather than rolling freely which results in lower fuel economy.
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 and diesel discounts with companies. As a Member, you can access great fuel discounts at participating Ampol and Caltex service stations. Just show your Caltex QR code on the my nrma app to the cashier when you pay to save up to 5 cents per litre. Make sure you turn on push notifications to receive the latest fuel discount savings straight to your phone.
10. Service your car regularly
Blocked air filters can increase fuel consumption significantly. NRMA car servicing carries out a comprehensive safety check free as part of every general or log book service.