Bathurst motorists are currently feeling the sting of a high end of average petrol prices for regional NSW, with Christmas less than three weeks away.
Only last week petrol prices hit their highest level in two years in Sydney, with the average cost of unleaded in the state’s capital costing 137 cents a litre.
On Monday afternoon, the price for petrol in Bathurst was selling for an average 140.1 cents per litre.
National Roads and Motorists' Association (NRMA) spokesperson Helen Machalias said it’s a bit too early to predict what prices will do over Christmas.
“The NRMA doesn’t expect prices to go any higher at this point in time,” she said.
“It is possible that prices may fall a couple of cents in Bathurst over the coming weeks.”
On Monday afternoon, the cheapest places to fill up with regular unleaded petrol was at Metro Petroleum (137.7 cents per litre) and United Petroleum (138.9).
The cheapest places to fill up with E10 petrol was also at Metro Petroleum (135.7 cents per litre) and United Petroleum (136.9).
The most expensive petrol in Bathurst on Monday afternoon was V-Power petrol (164.9 cents per litre) at Shell on Durham Street.
Ms Machalias said motorists should use the NRMA app to shop around for the best value fuel, if they need to stick to a transport budget.
“By using the My NRMA app, motorists are empowered to find the best deals on petrol,” she said.
“Other ways you can reduce your fuel costs are refuelling when prices are low, rather than when the tank is empty, lightening your load by removing roof racks or bull bars if they’re not needed and servicing your car regularly, as blocked air filters can increase fuel consumption significantly.”
On Monday afternoon, Bathurst one of the most expensive places in the Central West to fill up.
The average cost of petrol on Monday afternoon in Mudgee cost 140.6 cents per litre, Blayney 142.9, Parkes 138.9, Dubbo 136.5, Lithgow 137.2 and Orange 133.3.