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7 ways to help you save money on fuel

25 May 2022

7 ways to help you save money on fuel

Fuel prices can often yo-yo, but regardless of whether they’re high or low there are always various ways you can make the most of every tank. And considering the cost of fuel can make up a large part of weekly expenses, it’s no wonder why drivers might look for ways to help save money at the pump. Here are eight tips to help you save money on fuel.

1. Find the best prices with the My NRMA app

With the My NRMA app you can locate the best fuel prices in your area plus quickly find parking, restaurants, and more discounts and benefits at the convenience of your fingertips.

To start searching for the cheapest fuel in your area, use the fuel finder on the My NRMA app. You can search by fuel type, distance and price and get helpful access to real-time fuel prices from all stations across NSW. You can even save up to 5 cents per litre on fuel at participating Ampol and Caltex service stations.

2. Take advantage of discount vouchers

When you shop at well-known grocery stores such as Coles and Woolworths, you’ll often find a discount voucher for fuel on the back of your receipt or as a perk that’s part of your rewards card. These can be used to save a few cents per litre on fuel and add up in savings in the long run. Even when using vouchers, it’s always good to check the my nrma app for the best prices in your area, as sometimes service stations that offer discounts can have higher prices than independent service stations close by, so the voucher may not always save you money.

3. Drive economically

Changing your style of driving and how you plan your trips can alter the amount of money you spend on fuel. By driving gently and using the everyday, eco or comfort modes in your car can have an impact of how much fuel is used. Driving outside peak periods can also improve fuel economy as there will be less stopping and starting, plus less time spent with the engine running.

4. Use air-conditioning sparingly -

Put the windows down and keep the air-conditioning switched off when the weather is nice. In urban driving, this can reduce fuel consumption by up to 10 per cent. On the other hand, if you’re driving at high speed (100km/h or more) the drag created by having your windows down is worse on your wallet than using the air-conditioning.

5. Lighten the load

You might be guilty of it: storing excessive items on your car’s roof racks or in the boot or backseat. But did you know that finding them a permanent home could make a big difference to your fuel economy? Extra weight increases fuel consumption – it’s a fact. So, help yourself save money on fuel and help your car travel lighter by removing any unnecessary weight.

6. Minimise accelerating and braking

More revs equal more fuel usage, so try to be mindful when speeding up and take it easy on the accelerator. Always maintain a safe distance between you and the car in front and go with the flow of traffic. By doing this, you’ll avoid unnecessary acceleration and repetitive braking that ends up wasting your precious fuel.

7. Care for your car

By keeping your car properly serviced and tuned, it will minimise your vehicle’s emissions and fuel usage which can help you save money in the long run.

To ensure your car is running smoothly, safely, and soundly, it’s recommended to service your car every six months or at the intervals specified in your vehicle’s manufacturer handbook.

If your car needs a tune up, consider bringing it into one of the many Motorserve stores where expert mechanics proudly serve NRMA Insurance.

From logbook servicing to major repairs, our qualified mechanics go that extra mile to make sure your vehicle is as safe as possible for you and your loved ones. This includes a 100+ point safety and service check for every car service.

To find out more call Motorserve on 1300 792 563 or book your next car service online here.