Motorists in South Australia are being advised to fill up their petrol tanks as soon as possible, with current fuel prices in Adelaide indicating the bottom of the cycle, potentially leading to a significant price hike over the weekend.

As of Thursday afternoon, the average ULP (unleaded petrol) price in Adelaide was around 171 cents per litre, with several outlets offering it for less than 165 cents per litre.

RAA fuel expert Mark Borlace said drivers heading home from trips away this weekend are likely to find cheaper fuel once they’re back in town.

“Adelaide’s unleaded fuel price cycle looks to be at around the lowest point of the cycle, so now is the time to fill up if you see it cheap,” Mr Borlace said.

“If you’re returning from the regions this week, use a real-time fuel price tool like the RAA app to check the prices in your area versus the city.

“If it’s cheaper in town, our advice is to only fill up as much as you need to get home, when you should be able to make an easy saving by taking advantage of the metropolitan price cycle.”

The unleaded price cycle tends to be more unpredictable during holiday periods, and Borlace notes that the next spike in prices is likely not far off.

“Some retailers held their higher prices for slightly longer over the Christmas-New Year period, so the average ULP price took a few more days than usual to return to the bottom of the cycle.

“If the cycle follows its regular pattern from here, prices will likely start to peak to more than $2.00 over the next few days.

“So, as always, shop around and if you see it for around 170c per litre, take advantage of the price cycle and fill up the whole tank, so you don’t have to buy more during the next spike.”

He also mentions that diesel users can find the cheapest prices using the RAA app, though the price difference between metropolitan and regional areas might not be as significant.

For South Australian drivers looking to save on fuel costs, downloading the RAA app to stay updated on the cheapest fuel prices in their area could be a smart move. With potential price hikes on the horizon, acting now could lead to significant savings.

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