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Capitalizing on downward swings in petrol price is simple - but only if you refuel smarter
This post is about petrol price and how to drive so you can re-fuel more often when petrol prices are comparatively low, thereby saving money.
Petrol price fluctuations
Petrol price fluctuations at the service station are inevitable and unpredictable – but there is a very simple driving and refueling strategy that will allow you to save whenever the petrol price drops. It’s an easy, no-compromise way for any driver to cut the cost of motoring.
You can cut your fuel consumption by 10 per cent (or more) just by planning your trips better.
Most people don’t plan their transport too well – either in business or in their domestic lives. This means they use their cars inefficiently – in other words they end up driving too far, too often, which wastes fuel and therefore money.
This means you can cut your fuel consumption just by planning ahead. It’s easy to cut your fuel consumption like this, but you do have to make an effort.
For an average driver, spending $50-$100 a week on fuel, cutting your fuel consumption in this way will save you $250-$500 annually.
Degree of difficulty? A politician could do it. (Except they are generally disinclined to cut their fuel consumption because taxpayers fund much of their transport expenditure…)
HOW TO CUT YOUR FUEL CONSUMPTION
Cutting your fuel consumption in this way involves doing two things:
First, you cut your fuel consumption by doing
Verdict: Don’t bother
E10 petrol – a 10 per cent mix of ethanol in petrol – is a nice idea … but E10 petrol will not save you any money.
NEED TO KNOW
- Petrol is derived from crude oil, a fossil fuel. It is a chemical hydrocarbon. (Actually it’s a collection of hydrocarbons.)
- Ethanol is manufactured, usually by fermentation, from plant products containing sugars and starches. Ethanol is an alcohol (actually it’s the same alcohol as the stuff in beer, wine and spirits).
- When you buy fuel, you’re buying a liquid form of energy. Unfortunately, ethanol