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    Money Saving Tips while driving to help you save on fuel.

    I was going to post these in the 1000 money saving hints, but felt they were better in one section about fuel saving tips while driving. feel free to add your own!

    1. Shift to a higher gear as soon as you can
    2. Keep tires properly inflated, most servos have a pump with gauge.
    3. Close your windows after you get to 80kmph to reduce drag.
    4. Turn off your air conditioning.
    5. Drive smoothly, don't accelerate, break, accelerate, break like a lot of drivers do. Anticipate the road and traffic ahead.
    6. Keep to a steady speed in as high a gear as comfortable for your car.
    7. Drive slower where possible
    8. Switch the engine off if you're stationary for more than 2 minutes.
    9. Remove roof boxes, cycle racks and other storage from the car if not being used.
    10. Remove extra weight of unnecessary items from the car.
    11. Use fuel vouchers to get the best prices.
    12. If you go past a servo regularly try filling up half a tank to cut down on excess weight.
    13. Fill up early in the morning before the fuel of the petrol station has time to heat up and expand.


    Please feel free to add more of your tips to save money while driving!



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    Quote Originally Posted by DealDude View Post
    • Fill up early in the morning before the fuel of the petrol station has time to heat up and expand.
    Is that true? I never knew that. I'm often up before the sun I might start filling up then.

    My money saving tip on fuel
    Don't buy on a Monday or Friday, all the petrol stations I know put their prices up on those days. I've seen as much as 10cent difference on Monday and Friday.

    If possible fill up on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday these are the days I've noticed the cheapest petrol.
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    Thank you for your addition to the money saving on fuel tip, good to know.

    The fuel expands and evaporates quicker when it's warm, the stronger smell during the warmth of the day is the smell of the petrol evaporating.

    While cool it stops the petrol evaporating, hope that helps.


    From Wikipedia:
    In the US, volatility is regulated to reduce the emission of unburned hydrocarbons by the use of so-called reformulated gasoline that is less prone to evaporation. In Australia, summer gasoline volatility limits are set by state governments and vary among states. Most countries simply have summer, winter, and perhaps intermediate fuel formulations.
    Gasoline - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Thank you DealDude, tried putting them into place as been driving too and from hospitals a lot, really appreciate the tips. Most are what we already do, but a few to add to the list here's my tips.

    Don't drive long distances to get a better price on fuel, you put more wear and tear on the car and burn up fuel getting there.

    If you have a regular journey to and from work check the prices of the petrol stations on the way in and get it on the way home from work and hope the fuel hasn't gone up. Or better if you go past 3 or 4 on the way to shops you can check them all before the return journey.

    From the weekly petrol report: WEEKLY PETROL PRICES REPORT - Thursday last week was the cheapest in all capital cities:

    UNLEADED PETROL (cents per litre $A)
    Monday
    23 September 2013
    Tuesday
    24 September 2013
    Wednesday
    25 September 2013
    Thursday
    26 September 2013
    Friday
    27 September 2013
    Sydney 138.8 138.7 138.6 138.4 138.5
    Melbourne 138.2 138.1 138.0 137.8 137.9
    Brisbane 138.4 138.2 138.2 138.0 138.0
    Adelaide 138.6 138.4 138.4 138.2 138.2
    Perth 137.9 137.7 137.7 137.5 137.6
    Darwin 141.9 141.8 141.8 141.5 141.6
    Hobart 143.0 142.8 142.7 142.5 142.6
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    Some great advice for people who want to save money during driving to save on fuel.I think Speed up smoothly, Press harder on the pedal and drive in the accurate gear and regularly check the pressures.

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    Thanks for adding your tips Ellarich.

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    it's ok DealDude
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    Gone down about 1.1 cents per litre since Gav posted the average price. This time Friday was the best and by a good margin:

    AVERAGE TERMINAL GATE PRICES (TGPs) ACROSS
    AUSTRALIAN STATES/TERRITORIES


    Week ended 25 October 2013


    UNLEADED PETROL (cents per litre $A)
    Monday
    21 October 2013
    Tuesday
    22 October 2013
    Wednesday
    23 October 2013
    Thursday
    24 October 2013
    Friday
    25 October 2013
    Sydney 137.7 137.3 137.0 136.7 136.0
    Melbourne 137.1 136.7 136.4 136.1 135.5
    Brisbane 137.2 136.8 136.5 136.2 135.6
    Adelaide 137.5 137.0 136.7 136.5 135.8
    Perth 136.8 136.4 136.1 135.8 135.1
    Darwin 140.8 140.4 140.1 139.8 139.2
    Hobart 141.8 141.3 141.0 140.7 139.9
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    I've just heard that having air conditioning can cost up to 6% in fuel costs and I know our car turns it on instantly the windscreen air vents are turned on, obviously can be helpful if theirs a lot of moisture in the air and you need to use it as a dehumidifier, but if you don't need it best to turn it off.

    I remember there was a Myth Busters episode that showed which was better window down or air conditioning but I can't remember which won. Anyone know?

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    Just had a friend tell me that keeping your air filter cleaned in a car can improve fuel efficiency by up to 7%.


    From just up the road from where I'm from:
    Air Filter Cleaning


    A 11 Minute Video on the process of Air Filter Cleaning as used by Hunter Valley Filter Sales/Service

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