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A little love goes a long way. Regular servicing, the right tyres for the conditions, correct tyre pressure and wheel alignment make a difference. A well-maintained car can use 10 to 20% less fuel than an inadequately maintained one.
While the price of oil rose US$10/barrel during April, petrol prices remained unchanged while diesel prices fell 6 cents per litre thanks to the rising NZ exchange rate and, in the case of diesel, falling commodity prices.
Crude oil prices rose nearly US$10 a barrel during the month due to the global economic recovery and speculation that the harsher Northern Hemisphere winter would increase demand for heating fuel.
A small price rise in January but it took the price of 91 octane petrol up to the magic $2/litre mark. The increase reflects rising oil prices which reached US$100 a barrel, although the impact on the pump price was slightly offset by a stronger NZ$. The price we're paying now is the same as it was when commodity prices were last this high - in September 2008.
As fuel prices increase you may think it would make perfect sense to automatically consider downsizing to a more fuel efficient vehicle. Surely, if you could reduce your fuel bill overnight why wouldn’t you start looking at selling and trading up to a much more miserly and thrifty vehicle which is going to save you dollars at the pump.