Fuel prices have recently skyrocketed across Australia and internationally. For our campervan rental customers, these increased fuel costs can dramatically impact holiday affordability. Fortunately, there are a few easy tips every driver can follow to reduce fuel expenses when driving one of our campervans.
Tip 1 – Drive Economically (Reduce Campervan Hire Fuel Costs)
- Drive Smoothly. You’ll be surprised at the positive impact this simple tip can have on your fuel consumption. Driving smoothly means accelerating slowly by applying gentle pressure to gradually reach your desired speed. (If driving a manual, move smoothly up through the gears, avoiding over-revving of the engine.) Never push hard on the accelerator in an attempt to gain speed quickly – this only over-uses expensive fuel. You should also avoid stopping and starting. Do this by keeping good distance between your vehicle and others, and reading the road ahead of you.
- Maintain Proper Tyre Pressure. By inflating tyres to the correct pressure, you will improve the performance of your camper hire vehicle and, therefore, lower average fuel consumption.
- Limit Air-Conditioner Usage. Air-conditioners can significantly increase fuel consumption. Monitor your air-conditioner usage and turn if off when not absolutely necessary. If you’re running low on fuel, turn the air-con off to preserve remaining fuel until the next refill station.
Tip 2 – Watch Weekly Price Cycles
In Australia, you will notice petrol prices vary according to a predicable weekly price cycle. While the price cycle changes from region to region, cheapest prices are often available mid-week, with prices increasing over the weekend. Refilling your hire vehicle on the cheapest priced day can save a few dollars per full tank. Over time, these savings add up to a significant amount and reduce your overall campervan hire fuel cost.
Tip 3 – Avoid Refuelling in Remote Areas
City areas have noticeably cheaper petrol prices than regional and remote areas. If you know you’re heading off the beaten track, or you’ll be driving away from city areas, be sure to fill your tank before you leave. Don’t make the mistake of waiting until you’re out of town to refuel. You’ll pay the price with higher fuel prices.
Tip 4 – Use Fuel Vouchers
Most large grocery chain stores in Western Australia offer customers discount fuel vouchers with purchases over a certain amount. Theses vouchers typically give you savings of $0.04/litre. This might not sound like much, but the savings can add up when you’re traveling and refuelling on a regular basis. Be sure you say “yes” when offered, and collect your vouchers every time you buy your groceries.
These campervan hire fuel cost tips offer small savings on a daily basis that quickly add up over the long term. If you’re taking a holiday in Australia – especially a long holiday with a rental campervan – you’ll want to follow these tips closely for maximum benefit. Let the little steps add up. Keep in mind that every dollar you save on petrol can be spent on something more enjoyable; a souvenir or tourist experience perhaps.