INTERNATIONAL – A new survey recently asked over 1 000 drivers to reveal their sneaky tips on how they reduce what they spend on petrol.
With the average litre now costing A$1.55 (about R15.75) motorists are resorting to drastic measures to try and keep their fuel costs down.
The survey conducted by finder.com.au asked participants to choose a series of multiple choice answers to show how they manoeuvre around high petrol prices.
One in twelve Australians have handed in their keys, completely abandoning their vehicles and opting to walk or cycle instead.
A huge 13 percent aim to fill up their tanks mid-week, which is when prices are lowest, and 4 percent use apps to help them hunt down the cheapest petrol.
And 4 percent have found that ride-sharing apps such as Uber and Taxify have been more financially beneficial for them.
Worryingly, 7 percent chose to stay at home and miss their events or appointments rather than pay for expensive petrol.
Kate Browne, Personal Finance Expert for Finder, is not surprised by the penny-pinching, saying petrol prices are starting to impact the daily lives of many.
HOW TO SAVE ON FUEL:
- Opt for ride-sharing services: Hailing a ride is a simple and affordable alternative to using your own car – and best of all, you don't need to fork out for the petrol used.
- Make the most of petrol credit cards or vouchers: A petrol rewards card can help you minimise fuel costs while also earning rewards points. However, just be mindful of a higher annual fee that may apply.
- Get your car serviced regularly: Staying up to date with car services can prevent mechanical problems from developing. Maintaining your cars top notch condition means it will run smoothly and consume less petrol.
Browne also gives some tips herself, saying that motorists should not stop at the first petrol station they see but instead download a cheap-petrol app and seek them out.
She also mentioned that trading in your 'petrol-guzzling' vehicle for a more economic, fuel-efficient car could save you a lot of money in the long run.
Browne also encourages people to make use of public transport as much as they can.
"Opting for public transport or ride-sharing services to get you from A to B could be kinder on both your hip pocket and the environment," she says.
Sydney and Hobart residents seem to pay the most for fuel meaning price hikes will affect these drivers the hardest.
In Melbourne, the price has surged to $1.70 a litre, a 10-year high.
– DAILY MAIL