10 easy ways to save fuel

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10 easy ways to save fuel

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.

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April 2011 petrol and diesel prices

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.

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Petrol or diesel – no clear cut winner

The recent release of the NZAA‘s official 2011 operating costs have highlighted the confusion many motorists now face when choosing between petrol and diesel fuelled vehicles. 

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AA Petrolwatch 2008

Motorists enjoyed the lowest fuel prices since December 2005 as retail petrol and diesel prices continued their downward trend from last month.

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AA Petrolwatch 2009

Petrol prices remained stable in the lead up to the busy Christmas and New Year travel period, after initially rising three cents per litre in early December before reversing a week later.

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AA Petrolwatch 2010

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. 

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January 2011 petrol and diesel prices

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.

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March 2011 petrol and diesel prices

Petrol prices rose 16c in response to the sharp rise in oil prices at the end of February, matching the July 2008 record of $2.19.

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February 2011 petrol and diesel prices

Oil prices jumped US$15 a barrel at the end of February, the highest price since August 2008.

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Downsize or keep the fuel-thirsty large car?

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.

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