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Soaring fuel prices and our top tips to save a buck

Soaring fuel prices and our top tips to save a buck

The price of petrol in Australia has climbed approximately 60 per cent in over 12 months.

As the economy is slowly recovering after Covid, driving is getting more and more expensive. Because people and businesses across the country are not only battling supply chain issues, they now have to worry about the cost of fuel prices. Fuel prices have reached record highs across the country and they are expected to increase even further with the looming war between Ukraine and Russia. This has sent global crude oil prices to a seven-year high.

According to research from Finder.com.au 2.5 million Aussie drivers say that the cost of petrol is one of their biggest stresses. “With price hikes continuing to go along with no sign of dissipating at all, it’s really important that Australians look at ways to save money on their petrol,” Finder’s Kate Browne said.

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So how can you save some $ and get the most out of each tank?

Shop around

First of all, it’s worth comparing prices on where to find the cheapest diesel fuel. “If you do shop around for your petrol prices, for example, in a 60L car you can save up to $20 for a full tank,” Ms Browne from Finder said. “That’s pretty substantial if you’re filling up once a week.” We recommend to always fill up with branded diesel. It will pay in the long run.

Here are some apps or websites:

Shopping dockets

It does pay to use those shopping dockets to make every cent count. Coles and Woolies are still offering the discount. NRMA members can save five cents a litre on premium fuel and three cents a litre on regular fuel at Ampol and Caltex service stations.Loyalty card discounts are also available at 7-Eleven. Maybe just keep them in the car, or the apps ready on your mobile, so they are there to use when you are filling up.

Driving Style

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We don’t want to hear it – BUT with prices that high – it’s time to evaluate your driving style. If you are braking and accelerating a lot – you are using more fuel. If you have that roof rack on – that uses more petrol too.

The faster you drive, the more aerodynamic drag is applied to your vehicle and the more fuel you burn. Studies have shown that varying your speed up and down between 75 and 85 km per hour every 18 seconds can increase your fuel use by 20%. So driving at a sensible speed will really save you $.

RAC UK has summarised it so nicely: “

Excessive speed is the biggest fuel-guzzling factor so having a light right foot and ensuring all acceleration is gentle is very important to fuel-efficient driving.

Of course you will always have to accelerate a number of times on a journey, but that doesn’t mean you have to pull away like you’re on the starting line at Silverstone!

Probably the biggest secret to achieving high mpg is driving in the highest possible gear for your vehicle while keeping within the speed limit. The best advice in urban areas is to change up through the gears as quickly as you can with the lowest revs possible, probably at around 2000rpm. Remember: the faster an engine spins, the more fuel it uses.”


The more short trips you take, the higher your fuel consumption. It does pay to plan and organise to run all errands in one trip if possible. Several short trips with a cold start engine can use twice as much fuel as a long trip.

Maintain your vehicle

Regular servicing by a professional and maintenance, does not only make sure everything is in working order, but also improves the efficiency of your vehicle and therefor improves fuel consumption.

Tyre pressure, correct oil, blowing smoke are all contributing factors for your vehicle running at opitmum condition. Here are some top tips on how to give your vehicle a quick check over.

Our friendly service team is here to help you with all your service and mainentance needs. Just call or email. (02) 9681 7700 or service@sydneydieselcentre.com.au