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Self-drives option are one of the many popular ways for tourist to see Australia, whether it is in a hire car or your own vehicle, campervan, motor-cycle, 4 wheel drive. The convenience of the self-drive option provides a way of getting from A to B at your own leisure and getting to out-of-the-way places, along routes that many of the major tour operators may not offer.

When travelling the vast distances around Australia, the cost of fuel these days can be substantial and wouldn't it be great if you could save money on your fuel bill.


Following are a few tips to start you on your way.

  • Shop around when purchasing petrol, don't buy it at the first station you see, especially when entering a town or city for the first time. Fuel prices can vary as much as 10 cents per litre.
  • Do not let your fuel tank run too low, as it can cause you to enter the nearest petrol station, instead of shopping around for cheaper prices.
  • Use motorways and highways, as this enables you to use cruising speed, which is more fuel efficient.
  • Slow down. As well as dangerous, and illegal if exceeding the speed limit, you will find that the difference between driving 110 km and 90 km per hour can be a saving up to 20 percent in less fuel usage.
  • Drive smoothly, as fast starts burn up to four times more fuel, as opposed to a gentle acceleration. Avoid sudden braking, by observing traffic conditions up ahead, such as when traffic lights turn red.
  • Use cruise control if you have it, especially with long distance travelling. You do get more mileage out of your fuel tank.
  • Do not take to long to warm up your vehicle. 30 to 45 seconds is often enough time to warm the engine. Most modern vehicles are designed to start almost immediately.
  • Choose higher gears when possible, as it means less fuel.
  • Keep your steering wheel steady. The more you weave on the road, the more fuel is used, because you are actually travelling further.
  • Do not rest your foot on the brakes or the clutch, as this causes unnecessary wear and uses more fuel.
  • Ensure you vehicle is well serviced, such as ensuring your tyres are fully inflated. Soft tyres can result in up to 5 percent of your fuel being wasted. Your tyres also wear out quicker.
  • When stuck in stationary traffic for prolonged periods, turn your engine off.
  • Keep your vehicle aerodynamic such as keeping windows closed. This improves your car's fuel efficiency. Roof rack and bull bars also increase drag.
  • Use less air-conditioning, as this can increase your fuel consumption by up to 10 per cent.
  • For short trips, why drive? A ten minute stroll is good exercise and saves money in fuel cost.
  • Fuel prices seem to be higher on certain days of the week. In many capital cities, fuel prices seem to rise on Friday.

Source: some of the information provided are from the experiences of visitors to our site.
Also check out the site MotorMouth.

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