AS petrol prices begin to rise this week, the hit to the back pocket will be unavoidable, but there are ways to soften the blow, says RACT boss Darren Moody.

It was revealed last week that after the attack on the world’s largest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia.

Australians were seeing fuel prices rise domestically just days after the drone and missile strikes, which knocked out half the facility’s global supply.

Mr Moody said last week that Tasmanians could expect to see a significant rise in petrol prices over the next 10 days.

He said almost all Tasmanians would feel the effecta, whether they drove or not, and there was “probably no way around it”.

However, he did have some advice to help soften the blow — the most obvious of which was avoid driving when possible.

“We strongly encourage people to shop if they see a cheap [petrol] price and avoid those sites that may be taking advantage,” he said.

He said drivers should avoid situations that use excess fuel, such as driving in congested traffic, travelling at higher speeds than necessary, not following traffic flow and carrying extra weight, like golf clubs, around in their cars.

“All of those things that the driver can potentially control will save you money,” he said.

Extracted from Courier Mail