EXPENSIVE PROPOSITION: Neil Morris with his 1923 Ford T-bucket.
EXPENSIVE PROPOSITION: Neil Morris with his 1923 Ford T-bucket.

The car might be a rocket, but it costs a bomb

IF you want to save on petrol costs, a muscle car is probably not advisable.

With petrol prices hovering over $1.40 per litre, fuel can easily bust the family budget, but there are ways to take the pressure off at the pump.

From keeping your car properly maintained, to picking your time to fill up, a little strategy can mean extra coin in your pocket.

Neil Morris, the owner of a 1923 Ford T-Bucket, who is from Roma, Queensland, was spotted at Cooly Rocks On and he had one obvious suggestion for saving on petrol costs.

Don't buy a muscle car.

Mr Morris said most of the time his show pony was in the garage and he usually drove a Ford Focus, a much more frugal proposition.

NRMA spokesman Peter Khoury had some other relatively simple tips to save cash at the bowser.

"Do your research before you fuel up and shop around," he said.

"People in the Tweed are lucky, they have a price cycle they can broadly follow."

Mr Khoury also had some maintenance tips to keep your car running in tip-top shape, avoiding excess fuel use.

"Keep your tyres inflated properly and get rid of excess baggage," he said.

Another suggestion was to reduce air-conditioning use, which tended to use a significant amount of extra petrol. "If you're on the highway turn it on, but if you're going around town wind down the windows," he said. "Another one is to try not to accelerate too hard."

Mr Khoury said while supermarket fuel dockets often looked good on paper, sometimes they were simply too good to be true. "Make sure whatever you save at the pump you're not paying at the aisle," he said.

Be frugal with your fuel:

  •  Shop around: the NRMA and Motormouth websites can be helpful.
  •  Ensure your car is serviced properly.
  •  Avoid driving aggressively and stomping the accelerator.
  •  Inflate your tyres to the recommended pressure and remove excess load.


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