Fuel Saving Tips
Helping you spend less on fuel so you can travel longer
Whether you use Diesel, Petrol or LPG, fuel saving tips are vital to spending as little as possible on fuel, and therefore leaving more money to do what you want to do - Travel Australia!
In the Austalian vernacular, the oil companies are big enough and ugly enough to look after themselves. They are obviously delighted if Australian Travellers are spending too much on fuel, but our aim here is to collect all the best fuel saving tips and help every Australian Traveller to spend the minimum amount on fuel.
Below are the fuel saving tips we have learned along the way, so if you have any that are worth sharing, please use the "contact us" link to the left of the page and let us know, and we will get the word out!
Our Top Fuel Saving Tips:
- Travel steady - 90 to 100km/h is a very economical cruising speed. You will use much more fuel if you cruise at 110km/h
- If possible, avoid stacking things on your roof racks. The wind drag this creates means you can use as much as 10% more with things on the roof racks.
- If you need to use the roof racks (which is often the case), stack things towards the rear of the racks, or use an aerodynamic roof rack storage unit.
- Consider the aerodynamics of what you are towing. A pop top caravan, camper trailer, or full size van with the bed at the front so the roof can be more aerodynamic are sensible choices, depending on your needs.
- Anticipate traffic movements and traffic lights in built up areas to lessen the need to fully stop. Acceleration is one area where you will chew up lots of fuel.
- Ensure you have the correct tyre pressure. Running on under-inflated tyres will increase the tyre's rolling resistance and thereby use more fuel. You will also wear out your tyres prematurely and decrease the vehicle's handling.
- A well maintained and tuned engine will obviously run more efficiently and use less fuel.
- Avoid unnecessary idling, particularly in traffic and when hitching up your caravan.
- Consider the load you are carrying and get rid of anything that is not necessary in order to reduce the overall weight.
- Clean your air filter periodically, particularly if you have been driving on dirt roads a lot.
- Consider driving with the air conditioner off and running just the vents/fan. It will save fuel.
- Driving with the windows down increases wind drag and uses more fuel.
- A GPS or a good map can save you taking the long way and getting lost. I recognise that the best overall lifestyle decision for men may be to just take the directions from their other half ;-)
- If you are taking a tinnie, put it on top of your mate's car. May not be too popular, but it will save you fuel!
Save money on Buying Fuel
Another great Fuel Saving Tip is to purchase you fuel as efficiently as possible. There are a number of ways to do this, but we recognise that not all fuel saving tips will work
for all people or in all circumstances. So take what works for you, and get saving and travelling for longer.
Tips for Buying Fuel Cheaply
- Use your shopper dockets from the major supermarkets to get a discount (often 4c/l on Petrol, Diesel and LPG)
- You can double the fuel discount if you purchase an item in the shop of the service station. This is a false economy if you buy some overpriced item, but something like a phone recharge, which in itself is 10% cheaper at Woolies service station will save you money on the recharge and the fuel.
- All up, buying groceries at Coles is a better bet than Woolworths for fuel discounts. Outside of the major cities, the Coles/Shell Express fuel network is much bigger, and all of the Coles/Shell fuel outlets accept the shopper docket discounts on LPG. Around 1/2 of the Woolworths service stations in Australia DO NOT give the discount on LPG.
- Fill up in larger towns/cities as competitive pressure generally means cheaper fuel.
- Use jerry cans over long distances, to carry cheaper fuel you have purchased at a larger town/city.
- Avoid Roadhouses at wherever possible!! Use the jerry can method above and let them keep their overpriced fuel.
- If you are running low on fuel and you are just short of major town, only buy enough at the roadhouse to get you to that major town, and then fill up there.
- Buying on the cheap days of the week is an old tip, but its tough if you are travelling to pick what is the cheapest day in a given area.
- Use the Bush Telegraph wherever possible. It works a treat for almost all things travel.
Consider what fuel type is best for you.
Depending on your needs and budget, are you better off with a Diesel, Petrol or LPG vehicle?
Our Diesel Petrol LPG page
has an extensive list of pros and cons of each fuel type.
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