With petrol expected to reach $2.00 per litre by the end of 2014, here are some tricks to get more of your money’s worth for every litre.

  1. Buy petrol in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold.  Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground.  The colder the ground, the more dense the petrol.  When it gets warmer petrol expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening…you’re not getting exactly a litre.
  2. When you’re filling up don’t squeeze the trigger of the nozzle at a fast rate.   You should be pumping on a low rate, thereby minimizing the vapours that are created while you are pumping.   If you are pumping on the fast rate some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapour.  These vapours are being sucked up into your tank so again you’re getting less value for your money.
  3. One of the most important tips is to fill up when your petrol tank is HALF FULL.  The more petrol you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space.  At the same time you won’t be using the petrol from the bottom of your tank where sediment settles therefore keeping your motor running cleaner and smoother.
  4. Avoid buying petrol if there is a petrol tanker pumping petrol into the storage tanks when you pull up.  Most likely the petrol is being stirred up as the petrol is being delivered and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom of the storage tank (see 3 above).

These tips will help drive your petrol dollar further and keep your car running smoother – good tips to remember when you’re filling up.