Gas savings are a cinch if you get into the habit of being less heavy-footed. There are many people throwing money out of car windows daily by creating bad driving habits.
So how do I know this? I know because I drive next to these speed demons daily! In fact, some days I am that person with the heavy foot. There are definitely days I put my little foot down to get my darlings off to their prospective classes on time and to get myself in the door at work by 9am sharp. If I have an entire week of slow-to-leave-the-house moments, I’m up for another stop at the petrol station as I sadly watch my hard-earned money get sucked out of a bowser, into a pump and out of my life.
So! I’ve created this nifty little cheat sheet to remind myself and help my readers make fewer stops at the petrol station this month. This list also includes a bunch of other vehicle related tips, which will come in handy over time. Laminate this list and keep it in your car. These tips are a reminder to be as light-footed as a fairy on that little sucker-of-money that is – the accelerator!
Gas savings | 180+ tips for saving on cars and petrol
A good habit
Stuck in traffic jam? Turn the car off.
Do not burn people off. Accelerate slowly and save petrol.
Keep your distance to avoid accidents.
Station wagons make great cheap accommodation as you can sleep in them.
Change and check your air filter.
Certain car features like airbags make it cheaper. Check out which ones.
Get your tyres aligned and save money.
Annual is cheaper
Sometimes it is cheaper to pay annually.
Anticipate traffic patterns to avoid accidents. Drive defensively.
Make friends with an apprentice mechanic and get discounts on weekends!
Do not choose a car just so you can show off to your friends.
Buy a car at an auction house.
Check out company and government car auctions and save big dollars.
When buying a car try to avoid extra like extended warranties.
Drive at a constant speed.
Grow patience when buying a car. Haste makes waste.
Only insure for major accidents. Do not insure for small incidental accidents.
Beware supermarket litre discounts. Nothing is for free.
Protect your car from bugs by placing fly wire over the grill.
Get bulk discounts on all your insurances and multiple cars.
Run errands in bulk once a week. Plan your trips.
Buy a bike
A bike is a worthwhile investment for those little runs up the shops.
Buy a trolley
Invest in a market trolley and walk to the shops for groceries. Save petrol.
Buy a van
Consider a diesel van. You can also travel and sleep in it.
Foreign cars are expensive to fix and maintain.
Buy with cash
Save your pennies and buy a car for cash.
Avoid car dealerships. They pump up the price.
Install cameras to watch your teenagers’ driving habits.
Buy an old car the same as your car and use it for parts.
Investigate making your own polish. Grab out ways with vinegar list.
Car seat covers
Make your own car seat covers with a little creativity.
Use the backs of the front seat to install hanging storage kids items.
Wash your own car and save on car wash costs.
Get more life out of your vehicle by carpooling.
Network on this site to find people to carpool with,
Cars for sale
Check our classifieds section and see if you can find a car for sale.
Avoid tolls if you can. Sometimes it is just as fast and as cheap to avoid them.
Always get the proposed car checked out before making the purchase.
Ask your local tyre company about fuel-efficient tyres. Consider getting some.
Check and change water in your car weekly.
Download a car inspection checklist and go through it thoroughly.
Move to a smaller car. Navigate, park better and save!
Limit city driving. Use public transport.
Always shop around. Use comparison sites.
Consolidate all your insurance policies into the one policy. Save big dollars.
Always read the fine print. Sit quietly and read through your contracts.
Consider converting your car to gas for big savings on petrol.
Use cruise control to keep within limits and avoid those nasty speed cameras.
Designate a car free day each week. See how you go and how much you saved.
Check out diesel cars for economy.
Stopping and starting costs more than driving slowly without stopping.
Keep good travel distances. Avoid sudden stops.
Consider not even buying a car.
Keep a clean driving record and cut your premiums.
When you get home don’t idle the car while you are collecting your stuff.
Go with companies that charge by how often you drive. E.g. Youi insurance.
A dust buster is a great investment for cleaning your car quickly.
Only start the car when you are ready to drive it!
Even if it is cheaper
When gas is cheaper still drive conservatively.
Cut extra keys to your car and keep them at home.
Fill up alone
Don’t fill up when the kids are in the car. They will want treats.
Fill up log book
Driver better to stretch out fill-ups. Keep a calendar of fill-ups.
Fill up times
Beware. Petrol stations often change the cheapest day.
When purchasing check with REVS to check there is no finance on the car.
Find a mechanic
Get a local person to recommend a good mechanic.
Find cheap petrol
Visit www.motormouth.com.au to find where the cheapest petrol is near you.
Create a food box where you keep snacks and drinks. Refill it regularly.
For a lighter car
Fill up your car at a quarter of a tank to conserve the fuel pump.
Research the most fuel-efficient cars.
Fuel is heavy
Try only filling your tank to halfway. Fuel is heavy!
When purchasing a car research its fuel efficiency.
Petrol saving gadgets can be a farce. Check out reviews of them.
Check out websites offering gas prices near you. Know of a good one?
Walking is a win-win-win! Get fit, save money and be an eco-hero!
It saves much money if you stay within the law. No speeding or illegal parking tickets!
Get parts cheaper
Investigate buying parts wholesale online.
If you have to get finance you probably cannot afford the car.
Get many quotes from reputable mechanics.
You will catch up to the next person at the next set of lights anyway.
See if you can go without your car for a week. Now see if you can go without longer!
Use the right petrol. Premium gives better performance and long-term savings.
Try out www.carsales.com.au for buying or selling a car.
Find the cheapest, best value car and then haggle down the price.
Remove heavy items from the car if you are not using them.
Always buy a car with a roadworthy certificate.
Use the air-conditioner with travelling on highways.
Catch a flight to the main city. Hire a car and drive to the smaller city. Save on flights.
Consider buying a hybrid car and cut your petrol costs.
It might be cheaper to pimp the car you have with what you need.
Don’t idle the car while you are getting organised in it before driving.
If your car is old and not worth the rego you pay for it, switch to third-party.
Always take out insurance before driving your newly purchased car home.
When applying for jobs go for jobs with cars included. Huge benefit!
Don’t buy a new car. Keep driving your current one until it dies.
Keep it clean
Clean up spills as they happen.
Learn how to do your own maintenance. Check out YouTube videos as a start.
Avoid traffic and petrol or crowds on public transport by leaving earlier.
Try not to accelerate quickly. This burns a hole in your wallet!
Spend a month seeing how much you can do online. Stay home. Save fuel.
Keep one for a month to see trip and petrol usage. Re-evaluate.
Lose your keys
Try losing them for a week and see how you survive.
Low risk cars
When buying a car consider if it is low risk for insurance purposes.
Check them out with insurance companies. Use only if rewards are good.
Prepare your car for winter well to avoid accidents.
Got a mate who is one? Offer cash for a mates-rates job.
Grab all discounts offered on insurance policies.
Invest in a Navman so you don’t get lost. Save petrol.
Need not want
When buying a car question if you really need this car, or just want it!
Try negotiating working from home one or two days per week.
Negotiate four longer days instead of five shorter ones.
Buy a new engine to put in your old car.
Check notice boards for cars on sale. E.g. Supermarket notice boards.
Check oil and change it regularly for better performance.
Don’t accelerate when you see an orange light.
When purchasing a vehicle check an insolvent company doesn’t own the car.
Carpools also save money on parking!
Never ever park in the no-stopping zone near a school. Big fines!
Visit www.autoparts.com.au for parts online.
Pay at the pump
Also great as you don’t have to move the kids!
Petrol expands in heat. In summer buy petrol in the cool morning. Get more petrol.
Investigate the cheapest and best cards.
Keep under 60km to save money on petrol.
Get to know the cheapest petrol day and only buy petrol on this day.
In winter only fill your tank to half full.
Do not buy on weekends. It is much more expensive.
When selling drive your car to a great location to photograph it.
Start a piggy bank to pay for your annual registration costs.
Pimp your own car cheaply! Using your creative knack and have fun!
Pimp your ride
If you are single buy a gas scooter.
Plan fill ups
Plan fill ups before special holidays and long weekends.
Plan for hunger
Plan food and snacks. Avoid expensive food stops.
Organise your trip routes ahead of time to avoid getting lost.
Cut and polish your car before selling it. This will improve sale value.
Defensive driving courses may cut insurance costs.
Be ready to go for price and comfort over vanity!
Catch a train or bus into the city. Parking is exorbitant.
Make sure you check your tyre pressure regularly for good road efficiency.
When purchasing a car, check costs for car parts and potential fixes.
Re-evaluate the type of car you drive and for what purpose.
When purchasing check registration online for owner details.
Use credit cards rewards only if the petrol is cheaper at that station.
Ride a bike
Ride and save while you get fit.
Don’t know what is wrong with your car? Use roadside assist to find out!
Avoid using the roof rack or lose it altogether.
Hang a durable rubbish bag in your car and keep it clean.
Install a first aid and emergency kit.
Buy an electric scooter and save on car and petrol costs!
Imagine life without your second car. Could you get by?
Make sure you grab all the discounts available to you.
Do regular services and keep them logged in the service book.
Learn how to service your own car on YouTube!
Send your petrol finds to networks near you to help them save money!
Ask a mate for a lift. Share petrol costs.
Shop online instead of driving to the shops.
If you get vouchers with your shopping use them!
If you don’t have a Navman use your smart phone.
Avoid the high-priced snacks at petrol stations.
Evaluate every trip and get happy about staying home more.
Stick it out
Simply keep your current car one extra year. Prolong the purchase.
When purchasing check the car isn’t stolen.
Use windows instead of air-conditioning when travelling slower.
Take the bus
Take the bus if it is cheaper and more convenient. Grab sleep and reading time!
Avoid buying coffee in the morning. Take a coffee on the road with you.
Keep a stash of bulk-buy drinks or cups and litre drinks in the car for road trips.
Have at least three reasons to drive somewhere.
Time your absence from the parking spot to avoid a fine. Set a phone alarm.
Coast up to lights. Save car brakes and avoid stopping suddenly.
Add up the true annual cost of your car and weigh things up.
Buy petrol on Tuesday or a day earlier in the week and not on the weekend.
Get your car tuned or learn how to tune it yourself.
Turn it off
Stuck at the lights? Turn your car off.
Use a taxi
Do you use your car infrequently in a city area? Are taxis cheaper?
Weigh up toll prices versus not taking tolls.
Wake up earlier and walk the kids to school.
Be ready to walk away from a deal to get the price you want.
Walk everywhere you can. Reap the money and fitness benefits.
Park on side streets that are further away and avoid paid parking.
Don’t spend on extras like paint protection. Get the basics.
Avoid driving your car for an entire weekend. Now try that again!
Generally work out the full cost of going to work, including travel in your car.
Source parts at a wrecker and get professionals to install them.
Youths who take defensive driving courses may get insurance fees reduced.