Mike Stevens | Dec 23, 2011

Christmas Day is around the corner, and New Year's Day isn't far away. It's a time for relaxing and rejoicing with friends and family, but it's also a time for rage on the roads and pain at the pump.

If you're hitting the highway, the hot tip before any national holiday is to fuel the family car up sooner rather than later, with fuel prices expected to rise over the Christmas weekend.

According to Victoria's RACV, the cheapest day for fuel this weekend is likely to be on or before Christmas Eve, ahead of an expensive Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

"However, motorists need to keep a watch on petrol prices and monitor whether prices are still trending down," RACV's Michael Case said.

"Normally, the lowest point of the price cycle is followed by two days of sharp increases so it would be wise for people travelling on Boxing Day to fill up before Christmas Day."

Mr Case said that there has been no evidence of fuel retailer cashing in on the holiday period, with the expected higher prices driven by the regular price cycle.

"It depends where Christmas falls within that current cycle. Last year the fuel prices actually went down on Christmas and Boxing days surprising many motorists," he said.

 

Be Safe

Police and motoring groups across the country are urging motorists to stay safe on the roads over Christmas. Double demerit points will be in effect in most states, and police will be blitzing the roads over the Christmas and New Year period.

“Motorists need to take greater responsibility for their actions on the road and realise that their negligence or stupidity behind the wheel could leave them, or someone else, dead," NSW Police's Nick Kaldas said.

“By breaking the road rules and not driving to the conditions, you’re not only risking your own life but the lives of your passengers and every other innocent road-user,” he said.

Some tips for a safe weekend on the road:

  • Plan your trip in advance, be patient and factor in possible delays
  • Drive to the conditions, and stick within the speed limit.
  • Don’t drink and drive, and organise public transport or a designated driver if necessary.
  • If you are on a long trip, take a break or swap drivers if you are feeling tired.

Drive safely, readers. Speed cameras, booze buses and police patrols alone can't keep you from getting hurt on the roads, so stay alert, drive sensibly, don't speed and stay away from the wheel if you've had a few bevs.

From all at The Motor Report, be safe and have a great long weekend!

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