Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Pumped - 101 Ways to beat petrol prices

I got this book recently for $1 as Angus and Robertson were closing the store near me. It was published in 2008 and written by Roz Hopkins.

It is not widely available anymore but it you click here, the link will take you to Booko and their link for where to buy it cheapest, which when I looked was about $6.50. Its not an affiliate link.

I thought it would be an interesting read with rising petrol prices. On the way home today I heard on the radio they expect prices to hit $1.55L, which is about 10 - 15 cents more than I have been seeing lately.

For my USA readers, 1 gallon is 3.78L. We basically pay $5 a gallon for petrol/gas here in Sydney. It is more expensive in other parts of the country.

You can see why I thought this book would be a good read.

It was a pretty good read. Lots of the ideas are the usual things you hear like combine trips, fill up on the cheap day, drive economically (aka slower and take off slower) drive a more fuel efficient car, convert to LPG etc...

The book is divided into sections, so it is easy to locate what would be applicable to you and what wouldn't. Roz has also used an example couple where the wife drives a Ford Focus and the husband drives a Nissan Pathfinder V6. He uses their cars often to demonstrate the possible savings.

There were many ideas in there I had not heard of which was good such as do not fill up more than the first click, as petrol can be lost in the overflow pipe. I don't do that anyway, but good to know a reason not too.

It is not just a big list of tips. Each tip is clearly explained, many with websites to visit for more information or scientific reasons behind the idea.

If you applied a few of the ideas in this book you could very easily save a few hundred at least off your petrol bill, assuming you aren't doing much already.

At the back of the book you will find a guide which demonstrates which ideas save the most money, are the most environmentally friendly, other benefits and which page they are on. Like an informative index.

I liked Pumped. It was a quick read and I picked up some tips I can apply to save myself some money, as well as added some knowledge and reason to some of the things I already do.

What are some of the things I already do?

1.) Combine errands. I try and do everything I need to do all at once
2.) Walk wherever possible or use public transport
3.) Clean out my car. The more stuff you carry around in your car the more petrol your car uses to keep going. I used to have a lot of extras in my car, now it is pretty empty. I was carrying around my pram for 2 months and it wasn't getting used. That's an extra 7kg. Now it only comes if we need to use it.
4.) Fill up when it's cheap. I take notice of how much petrol is all the time. If its cheap I fill up.
5.) Get my car serviced regularly to ensure it is running to the best of its ability.

Those are just 5 things that make a big difference for me. There are many other things you can do, obviously, this book has 101 suggestions!


  1. I also have this book and it has some good ideas. While we do some of these things like keep the tyres pumped up, drive slowly, combine errands, reduced work days (but longer ones) etc getting rid of excess in the car is not one for us.

    Living out of town means we have to carry stuff in case we brake down. we have 10litres of water in the vehicles at all times, first aid kit, tools.

    Fuel is only going to keep going up as oil is going up. So many other products will going up along with the fuel due to transport costs, productions costs and many products are made using oil.

  2. Sounds like a great read and it's amazing how easy it is to forget the simple things and not realise that they're essentially costing you money.

  3. Many times people don't pay attention to small ways in which they could save money, such as disconnecting all of their appliances each night, using a fan instead of the A/C in the summer, using energy-efficient light bulbs, and so on. It's a shame, because a little saved here and there can go a long way. Good for you for getting this book. Gas prices are on the rise, and it's a good idea to look for ways to cut back.


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