RAA’s festive season fuel and car safety advice

21 December, 2023

South Australians will likely find cheaper fuel in the state’s regions if they’re heading away this week, as Adelaide’s unleaded petrol prices begin to fall as part of the regular price cycle.

The average ULP price in Adelaide as of Monday afternoon is 205.8c/l after prices began to peak over the weekend, while many regional outlets are currently selling it for around 186c/l.

RAA fuel expert Mark Borlace said Adelaide’s ULP prices should return to the bottom of the price cycle between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

“Regional ULP prices don’t fluctuate as much as our metropolitan prices, so if you can hold out filling the whole tank until you’re out of the city, you should be able to make an easy saving at an otherwise expensive time of year,” Mr Borlace said.

“If you’re heading away, check a real-time fuel app such as the RAA app to see what the price is at your destination versus the metro area.

“Then if the cycle follows it’s regular pattern, Adelaide’s ULP prices should fall back to below regional prices after Christmas Day.

“So if you can hold out on filling your whole tank until between Christmas and New Year, do it.

“For diesel car drivers, prices will likely be similar or slightly cheaper in Adelaide, so check the RAA app and fill up where you see it cheapest.”

Mr Borlace also urged drivers to conduct simple safety checks on their vehicle to make sure any road trips go smoothly over summer.

“If you haven’t taken your car on an extended trip for a while, see if you can book in with an RAA Approved Repairer for a service before you take off.

“If you can’t, we recommend checking all your car basics including oil and water levels, and that your spare tyre is in place and inflated.

“While you’re at it, check that all your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure and have at least 1.6mm of tread on them.

“You can also check the aim of your headlights to ensure they’re pointing towards the road and not at other drivers. Do this by turning them on against a wall and reversing slowly, checking that the light travels down as you drive backwards.

“When packing your car for a trip, place your heaviest items at the bottom and against your back seats so they don’t slide around.

“If you’re towing a trailer, boat or caravan, make sure your load is even, secure and within the weight limits of your vehicle. And get someone to check all your lights are working before heading off.”