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Monitor fuel prices over Christmas

Motorists should be aware of fuel prices and decide where and when to fill up before heading off for Christmas, according to RACV senior engineer vehicles Michael Case.

RENEE THOMPSON December 20, 2013 4:23am

Motorists in Echuca-Moama would do well to pay attention to regional and metropolitan fuel prices across Victoria during the Christmas period to avoid paying through the nose at the bowser.

RACV fuel price analysis shows high unleaded petrol prices across the state this week, with Echuca’s seven-day average sitting at 151.5 cents a litre on Monday and even higher prices in Melbourne.

RACV senior engineer vehicles Michael Case said unleaded fuel had just reached a new peak in Melbourne.

‘‘It’s currently averaging 157.4, which is higher than other regional centres,’’ he said.

‘‘Regional motorists travelling to Melbourne or Geelong should not assume petrol is cheaper than where they have come from.’’

Mr Case said as part of the current fuel price cycle, regional prices would begin to stabilise with metropolitan prices soon.

‘‘Closer to Christmas and after Christmas, you’ll see the fuel cycle change,’’ he said.

‘‘Based on (fuel price cycle) history, prices in regional centres are likely to remain relatively stable compared to Melbourne.’’

Knowing where to fill up would be important for those moving between regional centres in the build-up to Christmas, Mr Case said.

‘‘People travelling between regional centres should be paying attention to variations in fuel prices,’’ he said.

He said in some regional centres there were unleaded petrol price differences of more than 10 cents a litre.

‘‘The differences are significant,’’ he said.

‘‘On a full tank of fuel, you can save enough to make it worth knowing where to fill up.’’

Mr Case said the key message for motorists wanting to save money on fuel this Christmas was simple.

‘‘Be aware of prices and decide where and when to fill up,’’ he said.

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