How to save money on petrol
The average price of petrol skyrocketed around the world after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. The financial impact of filling up at the bowser could get worse before it gets better. So, we’re here to help you get the most for your money. The tips below will show you how to find cheap petrol, how to get better petrol mileage, and petrol apps and credit cards to use in the process. Ready for big-time savings?
Plan the best route
Getting from point A to point B quickly sounds like the best way to save petrol. After all, shorter distances mean less time on the road and less fuel used, right? Well, not exactly. It’s more important to take the route that helps you avoid traffic, construction and congestion. Yes, it may seem counterintuitive to drive further to save petrol money, but some longer routes may actually be more fuel efficient, says Kyle Tetz, a former Honda employee, van life and travel expert, and founder of travel website The Next Trip.
Travelling on a highway can lower your petrol mileage by 15 to 30 per cent, while stop-and-go traffic can cut it by 10 to 40 per cent. With that in mind, here’s how to save money on petrol. Plot a route ahead of time, using a map app or Google Maps to pick roads where you can maintain a steady speed and avoid traffic or city traffic lights. You can then use the mileage to calculate petrol costs for your trip. As a bonus, you’ll also suffer less brake wear and road rage.
Drive on properly inflated tyres
Proper inflation of all four tyres is the key to maximising petrol mileage, says Rick Cornilie, senior product merchandising manager and resident tyre and auto expert. He adds that while engine efficiency is essential for getting better kilometres per litre when driving, your tyres need to be properly and optimally inflated in order to maximise the engine’s potential. Under-inflated tyres will deliver poor petrol mileage and lead to more trips to the pump, which will cost you a lot of extra money throughout the year.